Matthew is the 13th Tropical Storm of 2010

Just prior to the beginning of the 2010 hurricane season the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center forecast an “active to extremely active” season in the Atlantic Basin.  The forecast was for a 70% chance of 14 to 23 named storms.  Today the 13th named storm of the season, Matthew, formed in the Caribbean.  With more than two months left in the season (June 1st through November 30th), just one more named storm will verify the forecast.  So far this year there have been six hurricanes in the Atlantic Basin, the forecast made at the end of May was for 8 to 14 tropical storms reaching hurricane strength.

Matthew is a weak tropical storm as of Thursday evening, but it is forecast to become a category 1 hurricane as it moves toward central America and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.

Tom Tasselmyer

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