The Washington-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting an average of 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes, 3 of which they say could be major hurricanes this year.
This comes as today June 1st marks the first official day of the Atlantic Hurricane season, which runs until November 30th.
The Atlantic season has already gotten off to a quick start…with tropical storms Alberto and Beryl forming during the month of May.
This is the first time since 1908 that two tropical cyclones developed before June 1st. Tropical Storm Beryl…which came ashore near Jacksonville Beach in South Carolina early on May 28th is the strongest pre-June tropical cyclone to make landfall in the United States. Alberto was formed on May 19th and also threaten to hit South Carolina but didn’t eventually make landfall.
The list of names for this year: Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debbie, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sandy, Tony, Valerie and William.©