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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