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USGS Researcher Interviewed About Upcoming 2005 Hurricane Predictions

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"X" Marks the Spot: Florida, the 2004 Hurricane Bull's-Eye
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Brian Bossak, a Mendenhall Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) St. Petersburg Science Center in St. Petersburg, FL, was interviewed by the Palm Beach Post in response to his article in the December 14, 2004, issue of Eos (Transactions of the American Geophysical Union) (see "USGS Scientist Studies Causes of Anomalous U.S. Hurricane Landfall Count in 2004" in Sound Waves, February 2005.

Brain's article analyzed 2004 North Atlantic hurricane activity and related the high count of hurricane landfalls along the southeast U.S. coastline to climate features that influence the track and intensification of Atlantic hurricanes. The Post interviewed Brian regarding the extremely active 2004 Atlantic hurricane season and implications for what the upcoming 2005 hurricane season will bring to Florida.

"Even 2004 was nothing special in the number of hurricanes spawned," said Brian. "What was strange was that so many of the storms were major—and, of course, that so many came whirling our way. You have to have so many conditions to be perfect to see another season like last year's. Even if one condition was conducive to a repeat, everything else might not be."

The Post article was published on February 21, 2005, and is available for a fee from the Palm Beach Post archives. The article that Brian sent to Eos can be downloaded here ("X" Marks the Spot: Florida, the 2004 Hurricane Bull's-Eye [230 KB PDF ]). In addition to preparing publications relating Atlantic hurricanes and climate features, Brian continues research on the development of the Coastal Impact Assessment Tool (CIAT). The CIAT is planned for use in hindcasting of historical storm impacts and experimental prediction of future impacts from coastal storms.

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