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The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season is predicted to be more active than normal—possibly very active—according to the pre-season forecast from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center. In this video, NOAA meteorologist Gerry Bell describes the outlook and the climate conditions responsible for the jump in Atlantic hurricane activity beginning in 1995.
 
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Ned Gardiner
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hurricanes per season graphic

Bar graph compares the average number of Atlantic hurricanes per season in the low-activity era before 1995 and the high-activity era since. NOAA Climate.gov.

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major hurricanes per season

Bar graph comparing average number of major hurricanes (Category 3 or stronger on the Saffir-Simpson scale) in the low-activity era prioir to 1995 and the high-activity era since then.

probability pie chart, with labels

Pie chart compares the probabilities of above-, below-, or near-normal hurricane activity for the 2013 Atlantic season.

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NOAA Climate.gov

probability pie chart, no labels

Pie chart comparing the probabilities of above-, below-, or near-normal hurricane activity in the 2013 Atlantic season. No labels.

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NOAA Climate.gov
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