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NOAA predicts above-normal hurricane season

The Atlantic hurricane season opens Tuesday, lasting from June 1 through Nov. 30, and embracing a time period when East Coast residents keep a weather eye on the tropics. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration predicted last Thursday that the 2021 season is likely to be “above normal.”

Even as NOAA issued that forecast last week, two systems, one each in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, showed a chance of turning into tropical storms.

Names are given to storms when winds reach 39 miles per hour and exhibit a rotating pattern.

Names for 2021 storms in the Atlantic are Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Elsa, Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida, Julian, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam, Teresa, Victor and Wanda.

In 2020, the hurricane season blew through all the assigned names and ended up assigned eight Greek letters (Alpha, Beta, etc.) to systems developing late in the season.

NOAA’s forecast stated that “experts do not anticipate the histor...

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