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FACTBOX-Forecasts for 2014 Atlantic hurricane season

Source: Reuters - Tue, 24 Jun 2014 19:45 GMT
Author: Reuters
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June 24 (Reuters) - Weather Services International on Tuesday continues to expect a relatively quiet tropical season in the Atlantic this year with a total of 11 named storms, five hurricanes, and two major hurricanes. WSI said this forecast represents no change from the previous three forecasts issued in March, April, and May. Other meteorologists are also forecasting a near- to below-normal 2014 season. Based on the average from 1981 to 2010, a normal hurricane season averages 12 named storms with winds of 39 miles (63 kilometers) per hour or higher, six hurricanes with winds of 74 mph or higher and three major hurricanes or Category 3, 4 or 5 storms with winds of 111 mph or higher, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The following lists meteorologist forecasts for named tropical storms and hurricanes in the North Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico for the 2014 June-November season. Forecaster Named Hurricanes Major Date Storms Hurricanes Weather Services International 11 5 2 June 24 Colorado State 10 4 1 June 2 NOAA 8-13 3-6 1-2 May 22 AccuWeather.com 10 5 2 May 14 MDA - EarthSat 9 4 1 April 17 (Reporting by Scott DiSavino;Editing by Sofina Mirza-Reid)

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