Confusing conditions as hurricane season starts

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Posted: Jun 1, 2011 4:47 AM by Brittany Rivas
Updated: Jun 1, 2011 4:47 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: hurricane season, Atlantic, disaster, storm, FEMA, Miami, Louisiana, El Nino, La Nina

MIAMI- Hurricane season has begun. The six-month Atlantic hurricane season started today and continues through Nov. 30.

Federal forecasters say they expect three to six major hurricanes from an above-average storm season.

Last year was the third-most active season on record, with 19 named storms, 12 of which became hurricanes. But only one gave the U.S. any problems.

And, it apparently won't be an easy hurricane season for forecasters.

This year, both the El Nino and La Nina effects are relatively quiet, making forecasting harder. One meteorologist says a strong warming or cooling trend makes prediction "much easier."

The last time temperatures were neutral was 2005, when hurricanes Katrina and Rita slammed into the Gulf Coast.

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