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NOAA Predicts Another Active Hurricane Season

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

This year’s Atlantic Hurricane Season starting in June, is predicted to be a very active one. That’s according to a forecast by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Atlantic hurricane seasons have been rated active every year since 1995 and this year hurricane experts are expecting anywhere from 13 to 20 named storms, with up to six of them developing into major hurricanes. But, Dr. Jerry Bell, a meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said an active season doesn’t necessarily mean the storms will make land fall.

“This outlook for 2013 is for the overall hurricane season it is not a hurricane landfall forecast, which means were not predicting a likelihood of a hurricane striking any particular region and the reason is that where a hurricane strikes really depends on the weather patterns that are in place at the time the hurricane is approaching,” Bell clarified.

But, Bell also stressed that it doesn’t mean residents shouldn’t prepare for the worst, he said a very active season usually translates into more hurricanes hitting land, although at this point it’s impossible to say where.