VIDEO: NOAA Predicts Above Average Hurricane Activity In Atlantic Basin For 2017 Season

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2017 HURRICANE SEASON OPENS TODAY

ABOVE VIDEO: Dr. Gerry Bell of NOAA discusses the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season outlook. Learn more about how to prepare for the 2017 hurricane season, and monitor hurricane forecasts throughout the season, from June 1 through November 30. (NOAA video)

70 Percent Chance of Having 11 to 17 Named Storms

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is calling for an above-normal hurricane season this year.

An average season consists of 11 storms, of which six are hurricanes and three of those become major hurricanes, category 3 or above.

This year, forecasters announced that there is a 70 percent chance of having 11 to 17 named storms, five to nine of those could become hurricanes and two to four of those become major hurricanes.

It is becoming less favorable for an El Niño Oscillation to develop. El Niño is a pattern that develops over the Eastern Pacific and hinders tropical activity over the Atlantic.

If El Niño is weak or there is a neutral phase in the Pacific, the chances of an active hurricane season increases.

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It only takes one hurricane to make it a bad season. In 2016, two hurricanes made landfall or directly impacted the Sunshine State – Hermine and Matthew.

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