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NOAA is hardly alone in predicting an active Atlantic hurricane season for 2013. The official start of the season was June first and all signs seem to indicate an uptick from normal seasonal averages which consist of 12 named storms 6 of which are categorized as hurricanes while 3 meet the major hurricane criteria. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center claims that there is “a 70% likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms [winds of 39 mph or higher], of which 7-11 could become hurricanes [winds of 74 mph or higher], including 3-6 major hurricanes [category 3, 4 or 5’ winds of 111 mph or higher].