NOAA issues outlook for hurricane season

NOAA issues outlook for hurricane season



25 May 2012

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says that conditions in the atmosphere and the ocean favor a near-normal hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin this season. The Atlantic hurricane season starts 1 June until 30 November.

For the entire six-month season, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center says there’s a 70 percent chance of nine to 15 named storms (with top winds of 63 kilometers per hour or higher), of which four to eight will strengthen to a hurricane (with top winds of 119 kmh and of those one to three will become major hurricanes (with top winds of 178 kmh or higher, ranking Category 3, 4 or 5).

Based on the period 1981-2010, an average season produces 12 named storms with six hurricanes, including three major hurricanes. 2011 was an active Atlantic hurricane season with 19 tropical storms of which 7 became hurricanes.

Press release

NOAA is predicting a below normal Central Pacific hurricane season and a near normal Eastern Pacific hurricane season.

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