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Saturday
Jun012013

Authorities Predict Active Hurricane Season, Release List of Storm Names

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Don’t be surprised if this year’s list of Atlantic hurricane names sounds familiar. Except for three replacements, many of the same names blew through during 2007 in one of the most severe seasons ever when measured by property damage.

Noel, Felix and Dean have been retired after producing a combined total of nearly 350 storm-related deaths six years ago, mostly in the Caribbean. They were replaced by Fernand, Nestor and Dorian, joining 18 others on the list.

The World Meteorological Organization rotates six lists of hurricane names in succession, retiring and replacing the names of the deadliest and most destructive storms (called cyclones and typhoons in other parts of the world).

Whether the organization gets through its full list depends on which way the wind blows, as will the naming of storms if the list of 21 is exhausted. That’s a rare year when the group turns to the Greek alphabet, starting with Alpha. That hasn’t happened since 2005, also the year of the costliest U.S. natural disaster, Hurricane Katrina.

Authorities have already predicted an active 2013 season but, for now, from Andrea to Wendy,  here are the names of the hurricanes-to-be for Saturday through Nov. 30.

Andrea

Barry

Chantal

Dorian

Erin

Fernand

Gabrielle

Humberto

Ingrid

Jerry

Karen

Lorenzo

Melissa

Nestor

Olga

Pablo

Rebekah

Sebastien

Tanya

Van

Wendy

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Tuesday
May312011

National Hurricane Center Predicts Above-Average 2011 Season

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- Atlantic hurricane season begins Wednesday and the National Hurricane Center predicts that it will be an above-average summer with 12 to 18 named storms, six to 10 hurricanes and three to six major hurricanes, which are Category 3 and above.

Last year, despite a historically active hurricane season with 19 named storms, no hurricanes made landfall in the U.S. In fact, the last hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. was Ike in 2008.

National Hurricane Center spokesman Dennis Feltgen cautioned that the long-range predictions are missing an important piece of information.

"It's not telling you where they are going to make landfall -- that long-range science does not exist," Feltgen said. "It doesn't matter if there are 50 storms or one, if that one storm hits you it's a really bad year, and that's the one storm you need to be preparing for right now."

Feltgen said it is vital that anyone who could be affected by a hurricane have a personal plan in place.

"If you don't have one and you find yourself under a hurricane warning, odds are you are going to be making the wrong decisions at the wrong time," he said.

On average the month of June has one storm every two years. This year the first named storm will be called Arlene, the most used storm name of all time.

There are six lists that continually rotate and names are only removed from them after it is determined that a hurricane was so devastating that it would be insensitive to reuse the name.

The 2011 list is the same as the incredibly active and destructive 2005 hurricane season with a few notable exceptions -- five hurricanes names were retired from the 2005 list because of their fury. Dennis has been replaced by Don, Katrina by Katia, Rita by Rina, Stan by Sean and Wilma by Whitney.

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Monday
Nov292010

Hurricane Season Ends as One of the Busiest, Yet Mildest on Record

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The 2010 hurricane season officially ends Tuesday, and although 19 storms in all were named, the season was one of the mildest on record.

"It was one of the busier ones that we've observed since our records began back in the 1800s, mid-1800s," says National Hurricane Center meteorologist Todd Kimberlain.  "We had 19 named storms, 12 of those became hurricanes, five of those were major hurricanes."

Of those named storms, only one made landfall in the U.S.: Tropical Storm Bonnie.  Bonnie moved over south Florida in late July, but only for a brief period of time.

Kimberlain says, "For the sheer amount of tropical cyclone activity that we had, to not observe one U.S. landfall is kind of unusual.  We would have expected something."

A few factors may have led to the storms' relatively gentle natures.  According to Kimberlain, "We had a very persistent trough of low pressure offshore the U.S. east coast and that directed a lot of storms north and then northeast out to sea.  There were other storms that formed down in the western Caribbean and they primarily affected Central America and Mexico because of a very strong ridge of high pressure over that area."

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