Forecasters See Busy Rest Of Hurricane Season

U.S. government forecasters say the rest of the Atlantic hurricane season is likely to be busy, with an above-average number of storms.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasters said Thursday they expect up to 19 named storms to develop by the end of the season Nov. 30. There have been five so far.

Seven to 10 of the forecast storms could become hurricanes.

The six-month Atlantic hurricane season began June 1, but the peak period for hurricanes runs from August through October.

The lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center in Washington says key climate factors support forecasters' expectations. Those factors include exceptionally warm ocean temperatures and the possible redevelopment of La Niña, a weather phenomenon that reduces wind shear over the Caribbean Sea and tropical Atlantic.

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  • by swamp man on Aug 6, 2011 at 04:25 AM
    we have learned more about weather in the last 100 years than ever thought possible saved more lives & property than simple minded people like yall can compehend
  • by Ajaxon3 Location: Bath, NC on Aug 5, 2011 at 02:13 PM
    Get real, folks! It's not an exact science. The message is: conditions are right for more hurricanes this season -keep your eyes and ears open! You'll be the first to yell foul if one comes without a warning. America is indeed a spoiled society!
  • by Really? Location: DC on Aug 5, 2011 at 06:05 AM
    You people amaze me. Sure lets fire all of us that work for NOAA. Lets get rid of the satellites, radars, and weather models (all paid for and operated by the government)! That makes perfect sense. But, "Really?" we could just watch the Weather Channel, they have fancy graphics. Ok sure, you could do that, but where do you think they get their data from...oh yeah thats right, NOAA and government satellites and radar. Sure they might have a few billion sitting around...oh wait, no they dont. Come on people, actually think about what you are saying!
  • by prepared year round Location: enc on Aug 4, 2011 at 07:56 PM
    If it's not a cat. 4 or 5 heading straight at me, I am not concerned.
  • by 12/21/12 on Aug 4, 2011 at 03:16 PM
    I predict there will be less like last year.Pay me my $250,000 now.
  • by 250 Location: Jax on Aug 4, 2011 at 01:47 PM
    Did we not hear back in April/May a busier than average "season" expected? Now we hit August with but a shhh, and they all of a sudden predict rest of "season to be active"? These people are an unneed Gov't entity just sucking up taxpayers monies best used elsewhere. Fire em all. Call me "simple minded". Mother Nature will send dry lightning where she wants. Build a hurricane when and where she desires. These high dolla jerks in sweaters can't predict this woman as no female is "predictable"! Market lowest since 08. Put up scares to at least let groceries hang tough. Duh. Yes I am aware a lightning bolt can hit my own home. He11, maybe a minor earthquake may open a long dormant fault line OH WELL! Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose. Can you dig it? Suddenly got an urge to go "psychdelic and retro"!
  • by Swindled on Aug 4, 2011 at 01:10 PM
    "They" aways predict a busy hurricane season so the insurance companies can increase their rates.
  • by confused Location: ENC on Aug 4, 2011 at 12:26 PM
    I agree with Kondie. it's alomst the exact same forcast every year, whether it's right or not, just always the same. Can anyone find last years forcast? How about two years ago? I'd love to see that printed with the current forcast. Like 'ME' said, it would be nice to get a phat paycheck to predict storms and also be allowed to change and revise when it was convenient to do so. La Nina has been affecting our weather for two years now. Do the people at the hurricane center have a manual that tells them how many storms will be arriving? WHAT A JOKE, AN EXPENSIVE ONE AT THAT!
  • by Me Location: Enc on Aug 4, 2011 at 11:39 AM
    I COULD forecast how many tropical storms that there COULD POSSIBLE be the rest of the hurricane season if the government would pay me and let me use words like POSSIBLY,MAY,MIGHT,COULD and let me revise my forecast every two weeks when it did not happen.
  • by Kondei on Aug 4, 2011 at 11:15 AM
    What else is new? They always say the same thing every year. What's the point of giving money to these people?

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