NOAA still expects active Atlantic hurricane season

Friday - 8/6/2010, 2:04pm EDT

The Atlantic Basin remains on track for an active hurricane season, according to the scheduled seasonal outlook update issued today by NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service. With the season's peak just around the corner - late August through October - the need for preparedness plans is essential. NOAA also announced today that, as predicted last spring, La Nińa has formed in the tropical Pacific Ocean. This favors lower wind shear over the Atlantic Basin, allowing storm clouds to grow and organize. Other climate factors pointing to an active hurricane season are warmer-than-average water in the tropical Atlantic and Caribbean, and the tropical multi-decadal signal, which since 1995 has brought favorable ocean and atmospheric conditions in unison, leading to more active seasons.

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