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NOAA forecasts another busy hurricane season

Industry News, News | May 31, 2022 | By:

Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are predicting above-average activity for this year’s Atlantic hurricane season, the agency said in a statement.

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center issued a forecast of 14 to 21 named storms and a 65 percent probability of an above-normal season, with a 10 percent chance of below-normal activity.

If the forecasters are correct, it would be the seventh consecutive year of busier-than-normal hurricane activity. The climate center is predicting six to 10 hurricanes, including three to six major hurricanes, meaning Category 3 (winds of 111 to 129 mph) or higher on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. The forecast is based on such factors as an ongoing La Niña pattern, warmer sea-surface temperatures in the Atlantic and Caribbean, weaker trade winds and an enhanced African monsoon, NOAA stated.

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