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  • Writer's pictureKyle Sooley-Brookings

NOAA forecasters predicting above-average hurricane season


In an update on the Atlantic hurricane season, NOAA is now predicting a near-normal level of activity to an above-normal level of activity.


Factors such as warmer-than-normal ocean temperatures and atmospheric conditions will counterbalance the usually limiting atmospheric conditions associated with the ongoing El Nino event.


As a result, 14 to 21 named storms are predicted, of which 6 to 11 could become hurricanes. Of those, 2 to 5 could become major hurricanes.


NOAA forecasters have increased the likelihood of an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season to 60 percent, that number is increased from the outlook issued in May, which predicted a 30% chance.


Hurricane season ends on November 30.


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