(Reuters) - The threat of an above-average 2010 Atlantic hurricane season has heightened over the past month and it now promises to be "a hell of a year," a leading U.S. forecaster said Wednesday.*Yawn*
William Gray, the hurricane forecast pioneer who founded Colorado State University's respected storm research team, said CSU would ramp up its predictions for the 2010 season in a report due out on June 2.
"The numbers are going to go up quite high," Gray said. "This looks like a hell of a year."
Oh, I'm sorry. Did someone say something?
This "hell of a year" prediction will no doubt be revised numerous times during the summer by Dr. Gray depending upon how many rum-spiked umbrella drinks he consumed Tuesday night.
The good doctor was attending a hurricane conference in Fort Lauderdale along with other attention-starved prognosticators like Craig Fugate...
Federal Emergency Management Agency director Craig Fugate, who spoke at the same hurricane conference in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday, seemed exasperated by public attention to the oil spill as another potentially deadly hurricane season looms over the Caribbean and the U.S. Atlantic seaboard.Sadly, Craig is wrong.
"It concerns me that we're talking about the oil spill and we're not talking about hurricane season," Fugate told reporters.
What most Americans will be talking about today is neither the oil spill or hurricane season.
We have our priorities.