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The Atlantic region can expect one more major hurricane this autumn and the northeast U.S. coast still faces double the average risk of getting hit, Weather Services International (WSI) said Tuesday.

The Massachusetts-based private forecaster predicted the six-month Atlantic-Caribbean storm season that ends Nov. 30 would see a total of six “major” hurricanes with winds of at least 111 miles per hour — one more than it envisaged in its August Read the rest of this entry »

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. and Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. are among insurers with the most at risk from Hurricane Earl, which threatens to graze North Carolina on Sept. 3.

The state had about $133 billion of coastal property covered by insurers according to 2007 data from AIR Worldwide, distributed by the Insurance Information Institute. Nationwide, Bloomington, Illinois-based State Farm and North Carolina Farm Bureau Insurance Read the rest of this entry »

NEW YORK (Reuters)?Private weather forecaster WSI Corp. cut its forecast for named storms in the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season on Tuesday but still sees an active season, with water temperatures and wind conditions conducive to violent storms.

In its latest tropical storm update, WSI called for 19 named storms, down from 20 in its June forecast, but maintained its outlook for 11 hurricanes and five intense hurricanes of Category 3 or higher.
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Last April, Ivor van Heerden, an internationally known hurricane expert, was told he was losing his job at Louisiana State University. He and other experts said it was because of his outspoken criticism of the federal government?s flood protection of New Orleans; the university would not comment.

Now Dr. van Heerden, the former deputy director of the L.S.U. Hurricane Center, is suing the university to get his job back. His lawyers filed Read the rest of this entry »

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Private weather forecaster WSI Corp said on Monday it still sees a quiet 2009 Atlantic hurricane season with conditions not conducive to an active year for violent storms.

WSI’s updated forecast predicted a season of 10 named storms, five hurricanes and two intense hurricanes of category 3 or greater, unchanged from its July forecast. In July, WSI cut its forecast from 11 named storms to 10.

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MIAMI – Hurricane Bill, the first hurricane of the 2009 Atlantic season, strengthened into a Category 3 storm on Tuesday with top winds near 125 miles per hour, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Hurricanes of Category 3 or higher on the five-step Saffir-Simpson intensity scale are considered “major” and are the most destructive type.

Bill was moving through the Atlantic on a path that would take it west of Bermuda by the weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

New research suggests hurricane seasons in the United States are not only becoming more active, but the strength of the storms has also increased.

“We are at levels now that are about as high as anything we have seen in the past 1,000 years,” said Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University and the lead author of the paper. Mann and colleagues Jeffrey Donnelly of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Read the rest of this entry »

MIAMI (Reuters)?The U.S. government climate agency cut its 2009 Atlantic hurricane season forecast Thursday, predicting there would be between seven and 11 tropical storms, with three to six becoming hurricanes.

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted one to two of those would be “major” hurricanes of Category 3 or higher, with sustained winds of more than 110 mph.

The agency had predicted in May that Read the rest of this entry »

A slow-to-start hurricane season could finally get its first named storm before the end of the week.

Weather experts are flagging several disturbances in the North Atlantic and a significant increase in thunderstorm activity in West Africa, a region that is the incubator of the massive storm systems that often turn into hurricanes that threaten the U.S. and Caribbean nations.

Over the weekend, a weather system moved out into the Read the rest of this entry »

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – They’re deceptively simple-looking detectors: one an antenna with built-in GPS, the other electronic sensors inside a large, upside-down metal salad bowl.

The sensors are the basis of a Los Alamos National Laboratory project studying lightning inside a hurricane to improve the accuracy and timeliness of forecasts for people in a storm’s path.

The effort is in the second of three years of research. The team is gearing Read the rest of this entry »