MIAMI (AP) - August 4, 2011 -
U.S. government forecasters say they're even more confident that this Atlantic hurricane season will be above-average.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasters said
Thursday that they now expect up to 19 named storms to develop
during the hurricane season that ends Nov. 30. They expect seven to
10 of those storms could strengthen into hurricanes.
The lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA's Climate
Prediction Center in Washington says key climate factors predicted
in May continue to support forecasters' expectations for an active
season. Those factors include exceptionally warm ocean temperatures and the possible redevelopment of La NiIna, a weather phenomenon that reduces wind shear over the Caribbean Sea and tropical Atlantic.
The six-month Atlantic hurricane season began June 1, but the
peak period for hurricanes runs from August through October.