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WSI releases 2013 Hurricane Forecast

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The 2013 Hurricane Forecast has been released by the Weather Services International (WSI) for this years Hurricane Season. The Hurricane Season begins on June 1st and continues through November. 

The El Nino Southern Osculation (ENSO) is very weak to non existent at this time and is forecast to remain that way through the upcoming summer months. Now, with that said, the winds in the upper levels of the atmosphere that can shear the tops off these storms, making them weaker or actually killing them off, will not exist for most of the season, so a forecast of ABOVE NORMAL is what is currently predicted.

Here are the numbers from WSI: 

- 16 Names Storms - 12 is Normal (1981-2010)

- 9 Hurricanes - 6 is Normal (1981-2010)

- 5 Major Hurricanes - 3 is Normal (1981-2010)

A Major Hurricane is a Category III Hurricane or Greater, with winds from 111 mph to 129 mph. 

This forecast does not tell us how many will make landfall...just the number of storms/hurricane that are forecast to form during the season. We will keep you up to date on any changes to this forecast if and when they become available.

When the hurricane season begins, www.kltv.com/weather will have a Hurricane page, giving you all of the important information necessary to track, forecast and prepare you and your family if a storm will move into the East Texas area. Most of us remember Hurricane Ike. Ike was still a hurricane when he was over Jacksonville, Texas in 2008. I remember that clearly, as many of you do too.

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