NOAA’s updated 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook indicates a high likelihood (85% chance) of a near- or above-normal season. The outlook calls for a 50% chance of a near-normal season, a 35% chance of an above normal season, and only a 15% chance of a below-normal season. See NOAA definitions of above-, near-, and below-normal seasons. The Atlantic hurricane region includes the North Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico.
2012 Real-time Hurricane Satellite Image from NOAA
Source: National Hurricane Center
The busiest hurricane season on record was 2005, which saw 28 named storms, including the devastating Hurricane Katrina.
North Atlantic 2012 Hurricane Names
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Source: Weather Underground