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This year's Atlantic hurricane season weakest in decades

GULF OF MEXICO — This year’s Atlantic hurricane season is shaping up to be one of the weakest in decades with only five named storms in the region so far this year. That is the fewest named storms since the full Atlantic season of 1983, when there were four. The 1994 season also had only five named storms into October, ...

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NOAA scientists forecast less active Atlantic hurricane season

GULF OF MEXICO — Federal forecasters say the Atlantic hurricane season will be even quieter than predicted, thanks to atmospheric and oceanic conditions suppressing storm formation. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration still expects three to six hurricanes to form during the six-month season that peaks between mid-August and mid-October. Officials dropped the number of named storms to between seven ...

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Tropical Storm Bertha threatens Caribbean; multiple warnings issued

ATLANTIC OCEAN — Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and other nearby islands as Tropical Storm Bertha approaches the Caribbean. The storm’s maximum sustained winds early today are near 45 mph with no significant change in strength expected over the next two days. In addition to Puerto Rico and the Virgin ...

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First named storm of hurricane season forms off Florida coast

ATLANTIC OCEAN — Tropical Storm Arthur has formed off the central Florida coast, becoming the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says a tropical storm watch is in effect for the state’s east coast, from Fort Pierce to Flagler Beach. The storm’s maximum sustained winds this morning are about 40 mph. The ...

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NOAA scientists plan to fly drones into hurricanes

GULF OF MEXICO — The point where the roiling ocean meets the fury of a hurricane’s winds may hold the key to improving storm intensity forecasts — but it’s nearly impossible for scientists to see. That may change this summer, thanks to post-Hurricane Sandy federal funding and a handful of winged drones that can spend hours spiraling in a hurricane’s ...

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Forecasters predict slower-than-normal hurricane season

GULF OF MEXICO — A slower-than-usual hurricane season is expected this year because of an expected El Nino, federal forecasters said today, but they warned that it takes only one storm to wreak havoc and urged Americans to be prepared. The El Nino, which warms part of the Pacific every few years and changes rain and temperature patterns around the ...

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Former military drones converted to storm research tool

GULF OF MEXICO — NASA scientists are using former military surveillance drones to help them understand more about how tropical storms intensify, which they say could ultimately save lives by improving forecast models that predict a hurricane’s strength. The unmanned Global Hawk aircraft were designed to perform high-altitude, long-endurance reconnaissance and intelligence missions for the Air Force. Two of the ...

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Tropical storm brews in Atlantic; expected to become hurricane

GULF OF MEXICO — Tropical Storm Humberto has formed in the Atlantic, south of the Cape Verde Islands and could eventually become a hurricane. The storm’s maximum sustained winds early today are near 40 mph. But the U.S. National Hurricane Center says Humberto is expected to strengthen and could become a hurricane on Wednesday. A tropical storm warning is in ...

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Tropical Storm Erin forms in Atlantic; forecast to strengthen

MIAMI — Tropical Storm Erin has formed in the eastern Atlantic, southwest of the Cape Verde Islands. The storm’s maximum sustained winds early today are near 40 mph with additional strengthening forecast during the next few days. A tropical storm warning is in effect for the southern Cape Verde Islands of Maio, Santiago, Fogo and Brava. The storm is centered ...

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