NOAA Forecasts Active Hurricane Season
May 24th, 2013 | WMFE- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is forecasting an extremely active Atlantic hurricane season, with between 13 and 20 named storms. NOAA says as many as 6 of those storms could become major hurricanes, with winds 111 miles per hour and higher.
[Tropical Storm Sandy-Image Credit: NOAA/NASA]
In the Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook released Thursday, NOAA said these ranges are well above the seasonal average of 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.
Climatic factors including warmer than average temperatures in the tropical Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea are expected to contribute to produce an active or extremely active hurricane season.
The 2012 season was extremely active, with 19 named storms including 10 hurricanes.
In October Super storm Sandy caused widespread flooding and damage in New York and New Jersey. NOAA acting administrator Kathryn Sullivan says Sandy was a reminder that tropical storm impacts aren’t limited to the coastline.
NOAA says it’s made improvements to forecast models and data gathering, including a new supercomputer coming online in July to improve storm intensity forecasting.
The seasonal hurricane outlook does not predict how many storms will hit land.
The six-month hurricane season begins June 1st