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March 31, 2011

WeatherWise: AccuWeather.com Predicts Active 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season -- More US Landfalls

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As Yogi would say, it's tough to make predictions, especially about the future. That said, meteorologists think those folks living on the Atlantic Ocean can expect an active 2011 hurricane season with more impact on the U.S. coastline than last year.

AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center meteorologists are predicting a total of 15 named tropical storms, eight of which they say will become hurricanes. Three of those purportedly will attain major hurricane status (Category 3 or higher).

Why? There are a number of reasons:

  • The orientation and position of the Azores and Bermuda high-pressure areas in the Atlantic
  • The future state of the ongoing La Niña
  • The frequency and amount of dust that accompanies disturbances moving off the African coast
  • A phenomenon known as Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO)

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The average year generally brings 10 tropical storms. Six of those storms become hurricanes and two of those will be major hurricanes with winds that exceed 110 mph. Get the scoop at AccuWeather.com.

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