The Gulf and East Coast can expect a slightly below-average Atlantic hurricanes this season.
“After very active tropical seasons in 2010 and 2011, we expect fewer storms to develop this hurricane season,” meteorologist Todd Crawford.
Crawford said, the big variable will be El Nino, which impacts Pacific temperatures and weather worldwide. El Nino brings warmer ocean temperatures, which can ultimately reduces chances of hurricanes in the Atlantic.
“There is still uncertainty regarding the development of El Nino, which will impact future forecast updates,” Crawford noted. “If the chances of El Nino development increase, our forecast numbers will likely go down even further in future updates.”
Forecast for this year range between 10-11 named tropical storms, 4-6 to become hurricanes, and 2-3 of those hurricanes will be Category 3 or higher.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will issue the official forecast in late May. This year NOAA decided to retired Irene from the list of named storms. The decision was based off of Hurricane Irene’s widespread damage and 48 deaths in 2011.
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On February 3, 2011, Mayor Richard Daley’s administration awarded 32 $250,000 contracts. The contracts were for storm cleanup, snow removal and rescue. The storm dumped over 20 inches of snow on the city.
Many vehicles pulled over to park since they could not make it home. These vehicles remained on the streets covered with snow for days as city plows worked to clear streets. Despite meteorologists dispute over snowfall records, this storm has been confirmed the city’s third worst.