With Kimberly Atkins
Hurricane season approaches. We'll learn what to expect, and what regions will be affected.
Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.
From The Reading List:
NOAA: "Forecasters predict a near- or above-normal 2018 Atlantic hurricane season" — "Forecasters predict a 35 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 40 percent chance of a near-normal season, and a 25 percent chance of a below-normal season for the upcoming hurricane season, which extends from June 1 to November 30.
'With the advances made in hardware and computing over the course of the last year, the ability of NOAA scientists to both predict the path of storms and warn Americans who may find themselves in harm’s way is unprecedented,' said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. 'The devastating hurricane season of 2017 demonstrated the necessity for prompt and accurate hurricane forecasts.'
NOAA’s forecasters predict a 70-percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 5 to 9 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 1 to 4 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher). An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which 6 become hurricanes, including 3 major hurricanes."
This segment aired on May 31, 2018.