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NOAA Predicts Above-Normal Hurricane Season

Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center predict this year’s Atlantic hurricane season, which runs June 1 through November 30, will see an “above-normal” amount of activity. 

Hurricane Helper

A Primer for Hurricane Season

Hurricane season officially started on Wednesday (6.01). That means that before we start thinking about the Saints, there is some work to be done. It’s time for federal agencies to issue forecasts, locals to stockpile water (as well as adult beverages,) and the tech savvy to download apps. NoDef offers this handy primer on the humid months ahead.

Danny Coy

It seems as though New Orleans gets whacked by a storm (including The Storm) on the same dates at the end of August. However, Cassandras worried about Hurricane Danny blaming NOLA amidst the K10 commemorations can revel in some relief. The National Weather Service (NWS) says that Danny is weakening.

Eyes on the Storm: NOAA's 2015 Hurricane Forecast

By Lucy Leonard

With only a few days left until the official start of hurricane season on June 1, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration today (5.27) released its initial forecast for this year’s Atlantic season. Though predicted to be a below-normal season, the NOAA says that does not mean that hurricanes may not occur. 

Tornado Watch!

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, but Louisiana is beginning to feel a lot like Nebraska. Today, the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Tornado Watch for most of the state. In addition to severe storms, 47 parishes including Orleans are advised to be on the defensive against twisters until 6:00p.m.

NOAA: Below Normal Hurricane Season Looks More Likely

With named storms only up to B and the Atlantic all cheered up and free of depression at the moment, NOAA decided to make everyone feel even better about hurricane season by releasing a relatively hopeful forecast update on Thursday (8-7). The 2014 season now has an even better chance of having a below normal number of named storms, the federal weather wizards said.

Dead Zone 2014 Predicted to Equal Size of Connecticut

The Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone will be about the size of Connecticut, but that's normal, researchers announced this week. The massive, oxygen-deprived area that forms every summer in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana's coast is expected to measure between 4,600 and 5,700 square miles, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. 

NOAA Predicts Normal Hurricane Season

With El Niño revving up and ocean temperatures cooling off slightly, forecasters predict this year's Atlantic hurricane season will produce a "near normal or below normal" number of storms. An outlook released Thursday by NOAA gives a 70 percent chance of 8-13 named storms, with 3-6 becoming hurricanes. One or two of those storms could be "major hurricanes" of Category 3 or higher, the federal agency predicts.

Hurricane Hunter to Land at Lakefront Airport

Hurricane season is approaching on June 1, but hunkering down or going with the contraflow isn't in the plans for one of this week's visitors to New Orleans. Before tropical cyclones become a possibility on June 1, NOAA is dispatching the Hurricane Hunter aircraft to the Crescent City so locals can have a look at the plane that flies right toward the eye of the storm.

The Light in the Attic

NOOA's La Boheme, Reviewed

After a season of topical operas (a vampire, a flood, and Cinderella,) the New Orleans Opera Association returned to the roots of the form on Friday night with Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme. One of the better known operas in the canon, Boheme has thrilled audiences since Toscanini conducted the debut in 1896. Friday night was no exception. 

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