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Extremadamente activa puede ser temporada de huracanes


La temporada de huracanes, que se inicia el 1 de junio y se extiende al 30 de noviembre en el Atlántico Norte, puede ser “extremadamente activa” este año, con la formación de 13 a 20 tormentas tropicales, y entre 7 y 11 huracanes, advirtió esta semana la agencia atmosférica estadounidense NOAA.
Esta semana, entre el 26 de mayo al 1 de junio, se realizará en todo Estados Unidos la semana de preparación para la temporada de huracanes, con campañas en todos los medios para que la población en general, y especialmente quienes se encuentran en zonas de mayor riesgo como Key Biscayne y Miami, hagan sus preparativos para el caso que una tormenta llegue este año en nuestra dirección.
“Con la devastación que provocó el huracán Sandy (foto) aún fresca en nuestra memoria…, en NOAA estamos comprometidos a dar un pronóstico que ayude a salvar vidas frente a estas tormentas y asegurar que la gente en Estados Unidos está preperada con suficiente anticipación”, dijo Kathryn Sullivan, jefa de NOAA.
“Es importante recordar que el impacto de las tormentas tropicales y los huracanes no se limita a las areas costeras. Los poderosos vientos y las lluvias torrenciales, inundaciones y tornados a menudo ocurren en áreas muy lejos de donde la tormenta hizo su ingreso a tierra”, subrayó la funcionaria.

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In its 2013 Atlantic hurricane season outlook issued today, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting an active or extremely active Atlantic hurricane season this year.

For the six-month hurricane season, which begins June 1, NOAA’s Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook says there is a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 7 to 11 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).
These ranges are well above the seasonal average of 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.
“With the devastation of Sandy fresh in our minds, and another active season predicted, everyone at NOAA is committed to providing life-saving forecasts in the face of these storms and ensuring that Americans are prepared and ready ahead of time.” said Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., NOAA acting administrator. “As we saw first-hand with Sandy, it’s important to remember that tropical storm and hurricane impacts are not limited to the coastline. Strong winds, torrential rain, flooding, and tornadoes often threaten inland areas far from where the storm first makes landfall.”
NOAA meteorologist Gerry Bell describes the outlook and the climate conditions responsible for the jump in Atlantic
hurricane activity beginning in 1995.
Three climate factors that strongly control Atlantic hurricane activity are expected to come together to produce an active or extremely active 2013 hurricane season. These are:
– A continuation of the atmospheric climate pattern, which includes a strong west African monsoon, that is responsible for the ongoing era of high activity for Atlantic hurricanes that began in 1995.
– Warmer-than-average water temperatures in the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea
– El Niño is not expected to develop and suppress hurricane formation.
“This year, oceanic and atmospheric conditions in the Atlantic basin are expected to produce more and stronger hurricanes,” said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. “These conditions include weaker wind shear, warmer Atlantic waters and conducive winds patterns coming from Africa.”
Next week, May 26 – June 1, is National Hurricane Preparedness Week. To help those living in hurricane-prone areas prepare, NOAA is offering hurricane preparedness tips, along with video and audio public service announcements in both English and Spanish, featuring NOAA hurricane experts and the FEMA administrator at www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/.

(From NOAA) –

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