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Near normal hurricane season expected in the Atlantic

Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook which indicates that 2012 will be a "near-normal" hurricane season.

The outlook released indicates 9 to 15 named storms will develop in the Atlantic Ocean, of which 4 to 8 of these storms will become Hurricanes with top wind speeds 74mph or greater. Of those storms one to three are predicted to become major hurricanes ranging from category three to five (wind speeds of 111mph or greater).

The outlook takes into consideration atmospheric dynamics, circulation and sea surface temperatures to forecast the predicted number of storms during the 6 month hurricane season, which begins June 1st.

One factor that may play a major role in this El Nino. If El Nino develops, conditions would be less conducive for hurricane formation and intensification.

The average hurricane season spawns 12 named storms in which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.

We have made it easy for you to track any and all hurricanes that form. Just click on the hurricane tracker tab on the weather page or click on this link.

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