NOAA 2009 Hurricane Forecast

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released prediction for the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season saying it will be about average.

NOAA is calling for nine to fourteen named storms, four to seven hurricanes, and one to three major hurricanes with winds at least 111 miles per hour.

The government forecasters say several factors play into their predictions, including the possibility of El Nino, or warmer waters, developing in the Pacific and suppressing hurricanes in the Atlantic.

But the outlook comes with this warning that hurricanes remain tough to predict and that folks in hurricane areas should be prepared for the worst.

Hurricane season begins June first and runs through the end of November.

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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on May 26, 2009 at 12:39 PM
    I think it is one thing to announce the season and another to "predict it". It is sort of like saying global warming exists when most states have had record cold winters including NC. Weathergirl, if you had someone who was terrified by hurricanes I think you would understand my statement. I think it is better to say conditions will be right when the time comes. Some people here in Washington suffer from the anxiety of this season. Beside, I cannot stand Cantore standing in the wind and rain telling me there is wind and rain, I think we get it. Good Writer, sorry to insult your rules, I R egimucated, honerstly.
  • by Good Writer Location: Oak Island, NC on May 24, 2009 at 08:32 AM
    People writing comments should have at least a passable acquaintance with grammar, spelling and punctuation, or they should keep their written illiteracy to themselves.
  • by weathergirl Location: local nc on May 22, 2009 at 12:53 PM
    They are just predictions. Lets not put more into it than that. Forecasters at NOAA are pretty good at their job if they are given proper tools. Everyone should be prepared not scared. Is anyone prepared for tornado or snow season? I always expect the unexpected.
  • by vampire Location: bell arthur on May 22, 2009 at 09:25 AM
    To the Snake Oil Company I think you'er snake bitten
  • by Anonymous Location: greenville on May 22, 2009 at 05:39 AM
    milk and gas, thats all you need
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on May 22, 2009 at 05:38 AM
    Isn't this a form of terrorism? To predict what cannot be predicted, just like last years predictions should be a form of terrorism. The should waterboard NOAA
  • by Wilson Location: NC on May 22, 2009 at 04:17 AM
    Sounds like there may be a strong possibility of some weather this year. Had a lot of it last year too.
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on May 21, 2009 at 07:29 PM
    SOoo . . What they are saying is that they really dont have a clue. But we should live scared, be ready for the worst. Buzz-

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