04 April 2012 17:40 [Source: ICIS news]
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Four of those storms are expected to become hurricanes, of which two will be major hurricanes, the scientists said.
Last year, there were 19 named Atlantic storms, including seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes.
Chemical manufacturers on the Gulf coast keep a close eye on weather patterns during the hurricane season, since they can disrupt operations. However, no hurricane hit the US Gulf coast in 2011.
Despite the prediction of a less active season this year, the scientists warned that it only takes one hurricane landfall to make it an active season for US coastal residents.
“We have witnessed cooling of the tropical
Typically, El Nino is associated with stronger vertical shear across the tropical
An El Nino is typically described as a warming of the surface water in the eastern and central Pacific that occurs every four to 12 years.
“Still, all vulnerable coastal residents should make the same hurricane preparations every year, regardless of how active or inactive the seasonal forecast is,” Klotzbach added.
“It takes only one landfall event near you to make this an active season,” he said.
Additional reporting by Brian Ford
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