Friday, May 24 2013 9:46 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:46:35 GMT
The list of the names is a part of rotating lists of names. For example, the list used in 2012 is used in 2018. Each storm will be named alphabetically. The lists of names are chosen by World MeteorologicalMore >>
The names for the 2013 North Atlantic hurricane season.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:49 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:49:05 GMT
During the dry spells of recent years, many Alabamians became familiar with the yellow and red warning indicators of the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor map printed in newspapers and shown on TV weather reports.More >>
Alabama Drought Management Plan outlines for the first time state government's role in preparing the weekly snapshots of current drought conditions, and it specifies steps to be taken in response to potential drought conditions. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:14 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:14:08 GMT
It's that time of year again when our attention shifts from the spring threat of thunderstorms and tornadoes to summer's meteorological menace, hurricanes. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from JuneMore >>
It's that time of year again when our attention shifts from the spring threat of thunderstorms and tornadoes to summer's meteorological menace, hurricanes. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June through November. Every April, Colorado State University releases a preseason forecast, and not everyone is a fan of those predictions.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 2:14 AM EDT2013-05-22 06:14:07 GMT
As reports emerge from Moore, Oklahoma, that nation has learned that schools caught the full impact of Monday's EF-5 tornado.Alabamians have also seen their share of devastation. Eight students died atMore >>
Tuesday, reporter Karen Church investigated how Alabama's newest schools, like Concord Elementary, are being designed to save lives. More >>
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
Summer is fading. We're losing daylight and the air is getting colder.
But the peak of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season is right now.
In a season that officially runs through November 30th, the second week of September is climatologically the most active…although the season as a whole has been quite active.
So where do we stand compared to earlier predictions?
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA for short, predicted 12-17 named storms and 5-8 hurricanes, of which 2-3 would be classified as major hurricanes.
So far for 2012 the tally stands at 14 named storms and 7 hurricanes, with 1 being a major hurricane.
While storm frequency decreases from this point forward, there's more than two months left in the season. It is not uncommon for storms to continue developing even after the season officially ends. Alberto and Beryl, for example, formed before the hurricane season even began.
No one can say for sure, but chances are we'll finish 2012 with more storms than predicted…perhaps even more hurricanes. So the bottom line is this: As you gear up for cooler air and a change to jeans and jackets, don't forget. We live in Alabama. We're not done yet.