Active Tropical Season Expected

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA) now predicts another active season for tropical storms and hurricanes across the Atlantic Basin. Forecasters do not predict the number of storms that will make landfall.

Climate factors in this outlook include unusually warm Atlantic Ocean water and temperatures two degrees above average. The impacts of the La Nina climate pattern will likely continue and that should reduce the wind shear. The forecast by NOAA is similar to other forecasts given by other researchers. There have been no major hurricane landfalls since 2005.

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