Stormy repeat: NOAA predicts busy Atlantic hurricane season

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal meteorologists say the Atlantic should expect another extra busy hurricane season this year.

Tuesday’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Atlantic hurricane season forecast calls for 14 to 21 named storms, with six to 10 becoming hurricanes. The last six Atlantic hurricane seasons have been above normal, which is a record. Forecasters look at warmer waters, La Nina, climate change, Africa rains and long-term patterns to make this forecast. Ten other outside weather groups also forecast a busier than normal Atlantic hurricane season.

There have been more Category 4 and 5 U.S. landfalls in the last five years than the previous 50.

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