By Noah Alcala Bach
The Texas Tribune
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Forecasters for the National Weather Service on Thursday announced they now anticipate a more active hurricane season this year because of record-warm sea surface temperatures.
Hurricane season runs from June through November. The NWS’s Climate Prediction Center now estimates six to 11 hurricanes to occur this season — with two to five of those being major hurricanes — in the Atlantic Ocean before Nov. 30. The projection also includes a 60% likelihood this season will see “above normal activity.”
The new projection shows a stark difference from one released in May, in which the agency predicted a near-normal hurricane season citing a 40% probability of near-normal conditions and 30% probability of a below-normal season only predicting five to nine hurricanes.
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