Report: Meteorologists Predict Above-Average Hurricane Season

The Long Island Press is reporting that the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be above-normal according to the season outlook issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center.

According to the report, the outlook says there is a 70 percent likelihood for 12 to 18 named storms, with six to 10 of those storms becoming hurricanes and three to six reaching Category 3 or higher. The seasonal average is 11 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes.

The Atlantic Basin’s hurricane season is six months long and begins June 1. Researchers at Colorado State University have reported that there is a 72 percent chance that one major hurricane will hit the U.S. coast this year.

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