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2015 Hurricane Season Outlook

2015 Hurricane Season Outlook

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The 2015 Atlantic hurricane season may be one of the least active in decades, according to an initial forecast. But don’t get your hopes up!!! Weather can always change, but this outlook can give you a better idea. Take a look at 2014’s hurricane season.
2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Atlantic Region
For the Atlantic region, the 2014 hurricane season was one of the quietest hurricane season in 17 years. At the end of the 2014 hurricane season, the actual 2014 numbers were very close to the predictions:

• Named storms: 8
• Hurricanes: 6
• Major hurricanes: 2

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Pacific Region
For the Pacific region, the 2014 hurricane season was a bit more intense than expected. The Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season ended up with 20 named storms, the most in 22 years. The Eastern Pacific Hurricane season met and marginally exceeded predictions.
• Named storms: 20
• Hurricanes: 14
• Major hurricanes: 9

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What’s in Store for 2015?

The 2015 Atlantic hurricane season may be one of the least active in decades, according to an initial forecast issued Thursday by Colorado State University.
According to forecasters, the 2015 Atlantic region hurricane season activity could be 20 percent below the long-term average. There is a 70 percent chance of an above normal hurricane season in the Pacific.

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Stay Prepared

This year’s predictions could go any number of directions. If your business and community have had a long stretch of good luck, it’s not a good idea to be unworried. Hurricane preparedness is an essential part of preparedness planning for every business every year. We urge those in coastal areas to prepare for this season.
Know if you live in an evacuation zone and, if you do, know your evacuation route in advance. Make sure you have a hurricane preparation kit. Just because this season's numbers are low doesn't mean that people shouldn’t be prepared. It only takes one storm to cause a lot of damage and devastation.

References:
National Hurricane Center forecast verification. (2006). Miami, Fla.: National Weather Service, National Hurricane Center, Tropical Prediction Center.
NOAA 2015 Hurricane outlook: Above normal in the Pacific, below normal in the Atlantic. (n.d.). Retrieved May 28, 2015, from http://www.abc15.com/weather/noaa-2015-hurricane-outlook-above-normal-in-the-pacific-below-normal-in-the-atlantic
2015 Hurricane Season: One of the Least Active in Decades? (n.d.). Retrieved May 28, 2015, from http://www.weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/hurricane-season-outlook-atlantic-2015-el-nino

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