Weather 101: Hurricane season forecast

    7:09 PM, Aug 12, 2010   |    comments
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    The National Weather Service has updated the forecast for the rest of the Atlantic hurricane season.

    As we enter August and September, the peak months for hurricane season, we are still expecting an above average year. 14-20 named storms are expected. 8-12 could be hurricanes, and 4-6 could be major hurricanes.

    An average year calls for 11 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 2 major hurricanes.

    The above average forecast is due to the return of a La Nina pattern in the Pacific Ocean which alters upper air wind patterns in the Atlantic make cyclones easier to form.

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