The 2009 tropical season was relatively quiet with no hurricane hitting the United States. We certainly hadn't seen that for a while and it was a nice break from the preceding years when several major hurricanes hit the United States. Last year's inactive season was largely contributed to El Nino, which tends to decrease the number of storms in the Atlantic Basin. The Atlantic Basin includes the Gulf of Mexico as well as the Atlantic Ocean. Early indications for the upcoming 2010 season point to cooling temperatures in the Pacific equatorial waters and warming ocean temperatures in the Atlantic. Those events should lead to an enhancement of activity in the Atlantic Basin during the late summer and early fall. Although a more active season is expected, it would not be possible to pick out the most likely areas to be hit at this time. I'll give you another update as we get closer to the season, which officially begins June 1.
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