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NOAA Says 2011 Hurricane Season Will Be More Active Than Usual

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced that it expects this year's Atlantic hurricane season to be more active than normal, with 12...
May 24, 2011

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced that it expects this year's Atlantic hurricane season to be more active than normal, with 12 to 18 named storms, six to 10 of which will become hurricanes and three to six of them strengthening into major ones with winds greater than 110 mph. The average hurricane season records 11 named storms, with six hurricanes, two of which are intense. NOAA said the main reasons for the busier than usual season will be that El Nino, the atmospheric force that inhibits storm formation, is not expected to emerge, but will be replaced by its weather-opposite, La Nina. In April Colorado State University climatologists William Gray and Phil Klotzbach predicted 16 named storms, nine hurricanes and five major ones this season - a forecast they will update on June 1, the start of the season.

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