Weekend tropical outlook: A depression could develop in the Atlantic

Hurricane Franklin slammed into Mexico's eastern coast early on Thursday

Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, with its most active phase spanning six weeks from August 20, and peaking on September 10.

The updated outlook is based on the current and evolving atmospheric and oceanic conditions, the most recent model predictions, and pre-and early-season storm activity. The systems are named once their winds attain speeds of 39mph.

"We're now entering the peak of the season when the bulk of the storms usually form", said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, in a news release.

According to the release, there's a 60 percent chance that Cape Fear residents will see an above-normal season with 14 to 19 tropical storms and five to nine hurricanes.

Reasons for the unusually active season include the temperature of the tropical Atlantic.

Also, there is significantly less likelihood that the weather phenomenon known as El Nino will form.

Belize was spared a huge economic disaster this week, when Tropical Storm Franklin passed the country without causing any damage.

Another factor is the wind. However, the air that the system is running into will be dry, which might prevent it from organizing.

In 1953, the United States began using only female names for storms. If further strengthening is observed, Invest 99L will adopt the name Gert.

The WMO uses a strict naming procedure created by an worldwide committee, according to the NOAA.

The 2017 list, for example, will not appear again until 2023.

"What's different is these conducive conditions are now in place".

The first hurricane of the season could be Franklin.

In May the agency predicted 11 to 17 storms.

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