NOAA Predicts Average Hurricane Season

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2009 2:06 PM CDT
Hurricane Paloma.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts the 2009 hurricane season will see nine to 14 tropical storms, of which four to seven will develop into full-fledged hurricanes, the Tampa Tribune reports. As many as three could become Category 3 storms, with winds above 111 mph. The prediction jibes with one from the respected Colorado State University team, which expects 12 storms, six hurricanes, and two major hurricanes.