We’re in for it now, peeps:
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Amid the unfolding disaster left by Hurricane Katrina, Colorado State University researchers said Friday they expect more storms over the next two months.
“The very active season we have seen to this point is far from over,” researcher Philip Klotzbach said. “We expect that by the time the 2005 hurricane season is over, we will witness seasonal tropical cyclone activity at near-record levels.”
Couple that with a New York Press article my roommate told me about last night, which predicted the potential for a catastrophic hurricane to hit the metropolitan New York area is ripe:
“The 1938 Long Island Express, a borderline category-4 hurricane that plowed into West Hampton, causing widespread death and devastation across New York, New Jersey and New England, was the last major hurricane to hit the region. Statistically speaking, ‘a storm of that magnitude may repeat every 70 to 80 years or so,’ Mike Lee, director of Watch Command at New York City ‘s Office of Emergency Management, says.
‘So, do the math. Whether it happens this year, next year, or in five years, it’s going to happen.’ And with this year’s hurricane season forecasted to be even busier and more dangerous than last year’s record-setter, ‘It’s just a matter of time,’ Lee says.”
And, considering the fact that this is just the beginning of hurricane season, it looks like we’ve got a long, wet and potentially deadly fall here on the good ol’ east coast.