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May 31, 2011 / Dave Gorham

Hurricane Season Monthly Outlook: June 7th [free 20-min. webinar]

The official start to the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season is just hours away and ImpactWeather TropicsWatch Manager and lead hurricane forecaster Chris Hebert will present a 20-minute webinar – the first of several 30-day outlooks we’ll feature throughout the season – next Tuesday, June 7th at 2:00C.  Register here.

Chris presents to more than 350 in attendance at last week's 22nd Annual Hurricane Seminar for Business and Industry. Photo: Fred Rogers

Beginning with our first season outlook issued in February, our message has consistently communicated a pattern that indicates this will be both a very busy season and also a year where we anticipate a higher than normal number of landfalls across U.S. coastlines.  Many times in the last year I’ve had friends mention “what a quiet season” last year was and I quickly remind them that it was actually one of the busiest seasons in recorded history – it’s just that we had a substantial and stubborn high pressure system parked over the southeast U.S. that drove the storms either out into the Atlantic or into Mexico and Central America, areas that suffered nearly 300 casualties.

ImpactWeather does not believe that the same high-pressure ‘protective’ setup will be in place for the 2011 season.

In fact, this year ImpactWeather is predicting an especially high risk for the NW Gulf of Mexico and the mid/lower East Coast.  Tune in next Tuesday for what Chris expects us to see in June.

The busy 2010 season. Click for larger version. Graphic: NOAA

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