NOAA Releases 2011 Hurricane Season Forecast

Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 11:28am

The Atlantic basin is expected to see an above-normal hurricane season this year, according to the seasonal outlook issued by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center – a division of the National Weather Service.

Across the entire Atlantic Basin for the six-month season, NOAA is predicting the following ranges this year:

* 12 to 18 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which:

* 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including:

* 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher)

This is in good agreement with the original forecast released by Klotzbach and Gray in April. Their forecast calls for 16 named storms, 9 hurricanes, and of those 5 will be major. The hurricane season begins on June 1st in the Atlantic basin.


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