Record Hurricane Season in the Making in the Atlantic
September 9, 2011 • 9:54AM

In his weather report included in the Sept. 7 "While You Were Sleeping," LPAC-TV's Peter Martinson reported on a significant increase of Atlantic hurricanes and Ring of Fire earthquakes over recent weeks. To begin to understand this, Martinson turned viewers' attention to broader galactic developments, especially the recent appearance of a number of super-novas, which are "some of the most energetic phenomena we know of in our universe, and are thought to be the main source of galactic cosmic rays, the same cosmic rays that impact our terrestrial weather patterns, like hurricanes."

"If we remain alert for such long cycles," Martinson said, "then we could be able to avoid the fate of the dinosaurs."

This week, tropical storm Nate formed and strengthened in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, with the likelihood of becoming a Category 1 hurricane within the next day or two. Nate is the 14th major storm of the season, putting 2011 on track to equal or surpass the number of major storms produced in 2005—the most active hurricane season on record. "If we continue on this pace, we are going to challenge 2005," said Jeff Masters, a former NOAA pilot of hurricane reconnaissance planes. "That would make three of the last six years among the top five busiest hurricane seasons on record," he said.