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NOAA UPDATES ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON OUTLOOK: 85 percent chance of an above-normal season -- 3 to 5 could become major hurricanes

 
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NOAA UPDATES ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON OUTLOOK: 85 percent chance of an above-normal season -- 3 to 5 could become major hurricanes
NOAA UPDATES ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON OUTLOOK
Above-Normal Season Still Expected


August 9, 2007 — NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center today released its update to the 2007 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook, maintaining its expectations for an above-normal season.

As we enter the peak months (August through October) of the Atlantic hurricane season, NOAA scientists are predicting an 85 percent chance of an above-normal season, with the likelihood of 13 to 16 named storms, with seven to nine becoming hurricanes, of which three to five could become major hurricanes (Category 3 strength or higher on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale). (Click NOAA image for larger view of NOAA’s 2007 Atlantic hurricane season update. Click here for high resolution version. Please credit “NOAA.”)

The development of key climate factors through early August has increased the confidence of an above-normal season, and has also led the NOAA team to slightly tighten the ranges that had been given in their May outlook — due to development of La Niña-like conditions exerting influence. In May, NOAA predicted a range of 13-17 named storms, with seven to 10 becoming hurricanes, and three to five becoming major hurricanes.

The climate patterns responsible for the expected above-normal 2007 hurricane season continue to be the ongoing multi-decadal signal (the set of oceanic and atmospheric conditions that have spawned increased Atlantic hurricane activity since 1995), warmer-than-normal sea surface temperatures in key areas of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, and the El Niño/La Niña cycle, according to Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center based in Camp Springs, Md. (Click NOAA image for larger view of conditions in the Atlantic Basin that can produce an above normal hurricane season. Click here for high resolution version. Please credit “NOAA.”)

“Most of the atmospheric and oceanic conditions have developed as expected, and are consistent with those predicted in May,” said Bell. “The biggest wild card in the May outlook was whether or not La Niña would form, and if so, how strong it would be.

“Today’s El Niño/La Niña forecast from the Climate Prediction Center indicates a slightly greater than 50 percent probability that La Niña will form during the peak of the hurricane season. But more importantly, we are already observing wind patterns similar to those created by La Niña across the tropical Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea that encourage tropical cyclone development. The conditions are ripe for an above-normal season.”

NOAA’s seasonal outlooks do not specify where and when tropical storms and hurricanes could strike. Nevertheless, during above-normal seasons many of the storms form over the tropical Atlantic Ocean. These systems generally track westward, towards the United States and the Caribbean Sea, thereby posing an increased threat to these regions. (Click NOAA image for larger view of historical tropical cyclone frequency. Click here for high resolution version. Please credit “NOAA.”)

So far this season, there have been three Atlantic named storms (Andrea, Barry and Chantal), which is slightly above average. On average, one to two storms develop in June and July. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.

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Re: NOAA UPDATES ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON OUTLOOK: 85 percent chance of an above-normal season -- 3 to 5 could become major hurricanes
uhohLet the canes begin.
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Re: NOAA UPDATES ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON OUTLOOK: 85 percent chance of an above-normal season -- 3 to 5 could become major hurricanes
According to the chart image & statistics, we should be seeing a "surge" of tropical climate conditions in the Atlantic ocean which would allow for tropical storms & hurricanes to form easily by August 20th!
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Re: NOAA UPDATES ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON OUTLOOK: 85 percent chance of an above-normal season -- 3 to 5 could become major hurricanes
Good time to get prepped is right now.!
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Watch out for those gas prices,we might catch a break with 2.00 a gal. but let a storm get anywhere near the gulf,wham!back up again!!!

The Gulf is sizzlin at this moment,watch early next week.
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Re: NOAA UPDATES ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON OUTLOOK: 85 percent chance of an above-normal season -- 3 to 5 could become major hurricanes
I wonder how any possible major hurricanes can/will affect the market. Hmm..?
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