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NOAA expects another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) hurricane forecasters have predicted another above-normal hurricane season for the Atlantic in 2005, a continuation of above-average activity that began in 1995. The prediction is for 12-15 tropical storms, with 7-9 becoming hurricanes, of which 3-5 could become major hurricanes. An update to the Atlantic hurricane outlook will be issued in early August, just prior to the season’s historical peak from late August through October.
In contrast, NOAA’s outlooks for the Eastern and Central Pacific predict below-normal hurricane seasons. The Eastern Pacific can expect 11-15 tropical storms, with 6-8 becoming hurricanes, of which 2-4 may become major hurricanes. Two or three tropical cyclones are projected for the Central Pacific.
For more information, visit the Climate Prediction Center at: www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/, NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division at www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/, the National Hurricane Center at: www.nhc.noaa.gov/, and the Central Pacific Hurricane Center at: www.prh.noaa.gov/cphc/.