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Peak Hurricane Season 2013 Begins August 15, On Track to be 'Above Normal'

National Hurricane Center predicts 70 percent chance of 'above-normal' hurricane season, with 'three to five major hurricanes.'

Hurricane season 2013 saw an early Tropical Storm Dorian, July 24. (Photo credit NOAA)
Hurricane season 2013 saw an early Tropical Storm Dorian, July 24. (Photo credit NOAA)
by Mary Ann Barton

The peak of the hurricane season 2013, which begins this week and continues through October, is "on track to be above normal," representatives from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said last week.

Northern Virginia's most serious brushes in recent memory with hurricanes include Hurricane Irene, which hit August 27, 2011, and Hurricane Isabel on Sept. 19, 2003. (Read Fairfax County's tips on how to prepare for a hurricane.)

The updated outlook on 2013 hurricanes revealed last week calls for a 70 percent chance of an above-normal season. Across the Atlantic Basin for the entire season – June 1 to Nov. 30 – NOAA’s updated seasonal outlook (which includes the activity to date of tropical storms Andrea, Barry, Chantal, and Dorian) projects a 70 percent chance for each of the following ranges:
  • 13 to 19 named storms (top winds of 39 mph or higher), including
  • 6 to 9 hurricanes (top winds of 74 mph or higher), of which
  • 3 to 5 could be major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of at least 111 mph)
The ranges this year are above the 30-year seasonal averages of 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes.

The 2013 hurricane names still possible for this season are:
  • Erin
  • Fernand
  • Gabrielle
  • Humberto
  • Ingrid
  • Jerry
  • Karen
  • Lorenzo
  • Melissa
  • Nestor
  • Olga
  • Pablo
  • Rebekah
  • Sebastien
  • Tanya
  • Van
  • Wendy
“Our confidence for an above-normal season is still high because the predicted atmospheric and oceanic conditions that are favorable for storm development have materialized,” said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster atNOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service. “Also, two of the four named storms to-date formed in the deep tropical Atlantic, which historically is an indicator of an active season.”
 
Just ahead of the peak of the hurricane season, NOAA National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb and senior hurricane specialist Daniel Brown will answer questions about tracking and forecasting of potentially damaging storms and how best to prepare.

  • What: Use Twitter to chat live online with NOAA's National Hurricane Center
  • When: Tuesday, August 13 at 2 p.m. ET on the @NOAALive Twitter feed
  • How: Tweet your questions to @NOAALive using hashtag #HurriChat (or just follow the conversation hashtag.)

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