Near average number of hurricanes in 2008 - NOAA

22 May 2008 18:01  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--An average to higher-than-average number of hurricanes is predicted for the Atlantic Basin during the 2008 hurricane season, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Thursday.

In any given year, 11 named storms, including six hurricanes – two of them major, with winds of at least 111mph (179km/h) - would be considered a season of average activity, according to NOAA.

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center called for a 65% probability of above-normal activity, and a 25% probability of normal or near-normal activity.

Hurricanes and tropical storms that enter the US Gulf represent a threat to petrochemical production and distribution.

An update of the NOAA forecast will be out on 7 August, just before the period of peak activity during the hurricane season.

Earlier, Colorado State University (CSU) meterologists predicted above-normal activity during the 2008 hurricane season, with about eight hurricanes – four of them major – likely to form between 1 June and 30 November.

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By: Gene Lockard
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