Closed captioning of: El Nino may lessen hurricane risk
to say our weather in many parts of the country has not been normal of late. in fact, far from it when you consider the historic and severe hurricanes and tornadoes we have witnessed to the freak events like the
in the east to a lack of winter for millions of americans this past season. it's against that backdrop that today's official government hurricane forecast comes out just as america geared up for the traditional start of the summer kickoff weekend, and it's where we begin our reporting tonight with nbc's tom costello.
get ready for the ferocious power of
. the official start of
is still a week away, but it's already been an active two weeks. trop ical storm alberto has come and gone as hurricane bud churned off new mexico. now a category two storm. today from noaa, a prediction for a near normal
. that means 9 to 15
with 4 to 8 strengthens into hurricanes. and one to three of those becoming
or greater. the big
, the warmer effect fromel
in the pacific.
tends to increase the
tends to suppressory even kill off hurricanes.
last year was one of the worst years on record for hurricanes. 19 in total. including one of the most expensive, irene. it slammed the
, and even arbeing downgraded to a
, reached as far inland as vermont, tearing down historic bridges and isolated entire towns. the total price tag, nearly $16 billion. now,
this is something i have never seen before.
already a year of extremes. 63 people killed as more than 400 tornadoes tore through the country in late winter and spring.
we peeked out the window and saw trees coming out of the ground.
now the national's
begin the ritual of watching and waiting. as if they needed any reminder, this
mark the 20th anniversary of
that tore through
, killing 26 people. there's no suggestion, though, brian, that that kind of storm might be brewing this year.
tom costello starting us off at the map in washington.