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WeatherTalk: Atlantic hurricane season likely about to become active

The West African Monsoon season is likely to start generating large tropical waves.

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FARGO — The tropical storm season across the Atlantic Basin has been extremely quiet so far this summer. This, despite a forecast of an active season from the National Hurricane Center. The forecast, made in May, was based on the expectation of warmer ocean temperatures and weaker upper-level winds in the Tropical Atlantic, both of which contribute to more and stronger tropical storms. So far, there have only been three storms worthy of Tropical Storm status.

The peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, however, is now through October, when ocean temperatures in the tropical and subtropical Atlantic reach their summer peak. Despite the calm start, this quiet tropical weather season is likely to become very active soon. The West African Monsoon season is ramping up and is likely to start generating large tropical waves which can move across the Atlantic, forming hurricanes, some of which will likely threaten the U. S. Gulf Coast and Eastern Seaboard.

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John Wheeler is Chief Meteorologist for WDAY, a position he has had since May of 1985. Wheeler grew up in the South, in Louisiana and Alabama, and cites his family's move to the Midwest as important to developing his fascination with weather and climate. Wheeler lived in Wisconsin and Iowa as a teenager. He attended Iowa State University and achieved a B.S. degree in Meteorology in 1984. Wheeler worked about a year at WOI-TV in central Iowa before moving to Fargo and WDAY..
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