There doesn't seem to be much doubt that the 2010 season will be one of the busiest on record. I don't think I've ever seen tropical forecasters predict a more active season than this one. Now, that doesn't mean it has to happen. It just means that many of the variables forecasters use to predict active seasons seem to be pointing in that direction. Over the past few days, a few updated forecasts suggest 15 to 20 named storms this year. The most active year in history was 2005, when 28 storms were named. The previous record was 1933, when 21 storms developed. I think many of us remember the 2005 season that brought such storms as Katrina. At this point it is impossible to determine where the storms will form and what areas will be at greatest risk. Regardless, it should be an interesting tropical season to watch in eastern North Carolina.