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Fort Collins, Colo. (UPI) Mar 21, 2012
The first forecast for the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season calls for a calmer-than-average period for the sometimes destructive storms, U.S. meteorologists say.
Scientists from Colorado State University said the six-month season that opens June 1 will have less activity than usual, USA Today reported Wednesday.
"A warming tropical Pacific and a cooling tropical Atlantic are leading us to think that the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season will have less activity" than average, meteorologists Philip Klotzbach and William Gray said in their online report.
An average Atlantic hurricane season will produce about six hurricanes.
"The tropical Atlantic has anomalously cooled over the past several months, and it appears that the chances of an El Nino event this summer and fall are relatively high," the forecasters said.
The El Nino phenomenon is a periodic warming of the tropical Pacific Ocean that tends to suppress hurricane activity in the Atlantic.
Colorado State will release a full, detailed forecast for the season in early April.
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Tropical Storm Irina kills three in Mozambique:official
Maputo (AFP) March 13, 2012
Tropical Storm Irina killed three people when it lashed the Mozambique coast at the begin of the month, according to a final tally given by the government on Tuesday. Deaths were recorded in the Cabo Delgado and Sofala provinces of the southern African country. "In Cabo Delgado province, strong rains and winds in Montepuez district caused one death by electrocution," government spokesman ... read more
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