Experts from both sides of the Atlantic are predicting an above-average hurricane season for this year. Tropical Storm Risk, a London-based forecasting consortium, is expecting Atlantic basin hurricane activity to be 60 percent above the 1950-2005 norm. The two main climate factors influencing TSR’s forecast are the speed of trade winds that blow westward across the tropical Atlantic and Caribbean Sea and the temperature of the sea waters between west Africa and the Caribbean, where many hurricanes develop.

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