Ask Todd: Hurricane season

10:03 PM, May 23, 2013   |    comments
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It's already been a busy weather week across the country, but it's not too early to look ahead to hurricane season.

For Ask Todd, we're wondering, "What does this year's hurricane season have in store for us and what can we expect?"

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its forecast on Thursday, and they're saying it will be another busy Atlantic hurricane season. The season starts June 1st and lasts about six months.

Federal forecasters say it will likely be an above normal and possibly extremely active hurricane season. They're saying we could see up to 20 named storms, including six which could become major hurricanes.

Conditions are ripe this summer. We'll see warmer sea surface temperatures and virtually no El Nino in the pacific.

"El Nino, a feature, a phenomenon, that suppresses hurricane activity in the Atlantic, is not expected to develop this hurricane season," said Kathryn Sullivan, NOAA acting director.

One interesting thing to note is last year was the third busiest on record with 19 named storms. Ten became hurricanes and two became major storms.

So, it does look like we'll see an active hurricane season in 2013.

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