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2013 Hurricane Season – NOAA Says “Above Average”

NOAA predicts that “an above normal and possibly an extremely active hurricane season with a range of 13 to 20 named storms,” seven to 11 of which are forecast to turn into hurricanes and three to six of which are forecast to turn into major hurricanes, said Kathryn Sullivan, acting NOAA administrator.

It goes on to say: “Several climate factors are contributing to the upcoming season being busier, forecasters said.

“These factors include a continuation of the climate pattern that has been responsible for the ongoing era of high activity in the Atlantic that began in 1995; warmer than average sea-surface temperatures across the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea; and near-normal, year-average seasonal temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean, which means El Nino … is not expected to develop and suppress hurricane formation this hurricane season,” Sullivan said.
Atlantic hurricane season lasts for six months, typically peaking between late August and mid-October.
“This year, oceanic and atmospheric conditions in the Atlantic basin are expected to produce more and stronger hurricanes,” said Gerry Bell, Ph.D.

Check the link for details. As we have seen with the tornadoes in Oklahoma, Tropical Storm Sandy, etc. preparation in advance can save your property and lives.

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