Earth Networks - WeatherBug Updates Hurricane Season Outlook as Hurricane Isaac Becomes Category 1 Storm
Germantown, MD – August 28, 2012 – The WeatherBug Meteorology team at Earth Networks℠ updated its 2012 Hurricane Season Outlook as Hurricane Isaac, currently a Category 1 hurricane, approaches the southern Louisiana coast for a possible landfall Tuesday evening or early Wednesday. The WeatherBug Meteorology team forecasts increased hurricane activity in the Atlantic Hurricane Basin as the season approaches its peak.
- More Hurricanes Possible: WeatherBug Meteorologists forecast 6-8 hurricanes, up from 6-7 earlier this year. The long-term average is about six hurricanes each season. The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 to November 30 every year in the Atlantic Hurricane Basin, defined as the Atlantic, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.
- Major Hurricanes Anticipated: The team’s forecast for major hurricanes, packing possible winds in excess of 111 miles per hour, remains unchanged at 2-4. The long-term average is about three major hurricanes each season.
- More Named Storms: In May, the team forecast a total of 11 to 13 named storms, which can include tropical storms and hurricanes, in the Atlantic Hurricane Basin. The team’s new forecast includes 13-16 named storms. The 30-year average is about 12 named storms.
Isaac is expected to be a Category 1 Hurricane when it hits the coast, with maximum sustained winds of 74 to 95 mph. As Isaac makes landfall, vulnerable locations like low-lying bowl-shaped New Orleans, Lake Pontchartrain and the mouth of the Mississippi River could see storm surge as high as 6 to 12 feet. Tropical storm-force winds in the rain bands extending far from Isaac’s center will create the threat for tornadoes across west-central and northwest Florida to southern Louisiana today, tonight and Wednesday.
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