Experts now predicting fewer Atlantic hurricanes than expected

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The hurricane experts at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have downgraded the number of hurricanes they're predicting will affect the Atlantic and Gulf coasts this year.

That agency's Climate Prediction Center now says there's a 60% chance we'll have a below-normal Atlantic hurricane season this year.

They're now predicting between nine and thirteen named storms, four to seven of them will reach hurricane status and up to two of those could become major hurricanes.

The scientists say ocean and atmospheric conditions are what's changing the predictions they issued in May.


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