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NOAA's 2006 Hurricane Season Outlooks & Storm Names

NOAA News :: May 22, 2006 — NOAA today announced to America and its neighbors throughout the north Atlantic region that a very active hurricane season is looming, and encouraged individuals to make preparations to better protect their lives and livelihoods. May 21-27 is National Hurricane Preparedness Week.

NOAA' seasonal hurricane outlooks, with the shaded areas indicating the main regions where tropical depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes usually form. The outlooks indicate a 80% chance of an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season, and an 80% chance of a below-normal East Pacific hurricane season. Also, they indicate a below-normal hurricane season for the Central Pacific.

NOAA’s 2006 Atlantic hurricane season outlook indicates an 80% chance of an above-normal hurricane season, a 15% chance of a near-normal season, and only a 5% chance of a below-normal season. This outlook is produced by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center (CPC), National Hurricane Center (NHC), and Hurricane Research Division (HRD) [...] The outlook calls for a very active 2006 season, with 13-16 named storms, 8-10 hurricanes, and 4-6 major hurricanes. The likely range of the ACE index is 135%-205% of the median. This prediction indicates a continuation of above-normal activity that began in 1995. However, we do not currently expect a repeat of last year’s record season.

The predicted 2006 activity strongly reflects an expected continuation of conditions associated with the multi-decadal signal, which has favored above-normal Atlantic hurricane seasons since 1995. These conditions include considerably warmer than normal sea surface temperatures (SSTs), lower wind shear, reduced sea level pressure, and a more conducive structure of the African easterly jet. An updated Atlantic hurricane outlook will be issued in early August, which begins the peak months (August-October) of the hurricane season. [+]
2006 North Atlantic Storm Names + Asteroids

Alberto ~ #20006-ALBERTUS_MAGNUS
Beryl ~ #1729-BERYL
Chris ~ #1698-CHRISTOPHE
Debby ~ #30852-DEBYE
Ernesto ~ #39699-ERNESTOCORTE
Florence ~ #3122-FLORENCE
Gordon ~ #305-GORDONIA
Helene ~ #101-HELENA
Isaac ~ #8000-ISAAC_NEWTON
Joyce ~ #5418-JOYCE
Kirk ~ #19589-KIRKLAND
Leslie ~ #20861-LESLIEBEH
Michael ~ #1348-MICHEL
Nadine ~ #12762-NADIAVITTOR
Oscar ~ #12258-OSCARWILDE
Patty ~ #436-PATRICIA
Rafael ~ #708-RAPHAELA
Sandy ~ #1760-SANDRA
Tony ~ #924-TONI
Valerie ~ #611-VALERIA
William ~ #4826-WILHELMS
Greek α (Alpha) ~ #9313-PROTEA & #52228-PROTOS
Greek β (Beta) ~ #11446-BETANKUR
Greek γ (Gamma) ~ #10346-TRIATHLON
Greek δ (Delta) ~ #8598-TETRIX
Greek ε (Epsilon) ~ #5261-EUREKA
Greek ζ (Zeta) ~ #11667-TESTA
Greek η (Eta) ~ #2244-TESLA

2005 Retired Names :: Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Stan & Wilma.

Tags: hurricane, noaa, storm names, weather
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