Alabama and the Oil Spill: Hurricane Season

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Hurricane season starts in just a few weeks, and experts say it’s going to be an active year. They’re predicting 15 named storms. Four of them “major” hurricanes. Cornell University climatologist Mark Wysocki tells WBHM’s Tanya Ott that if a tropical storm hits while there’s still oil in the gulf waters, it would be disastrous for the Alabama coastline and several miles inland.

Mark Wysocki is New York’s state climatologist and a senior lecturer at Cornell University. He says tropical storms are more likely to occur between August and October, when the gulf waters really get warm.