In an unprecedented event, two hurricanes have formed at the same time in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in the month of January, with the Pacific storm, breaking a record as such, and also exhibiting an unusual proximity to the equator. This is also the first time on record that off-season hurricanes have formed in both the Atlantic and Pacific in the same year; to have both form in the same month adds to the extreme unusuality of the event.
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The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has warned that the 2013 hurricane season is expected to be ‘extremely active.’ This is in part because of unusually warm water temperatures that are already extending further north than normal. Last season’s Superstorm Sandy remained powerful even as it extended into waters off the US Northeastern Corridor because waters in the region were unseasonably warm. Hurricane season starts June 1 and continues for six months. 13 to 20 tropical storms are expected this year, with 7  to 11 of them becoming hurricanes.
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About twice as many Atlantic hurricanes form each year on average than a century ago, but so we don’t repeat the mistakes of Katrina, when weak levees broke, scientists have developed “instant dams” that can be dropped from the air.

A new study concludes that warmer sea surface temperatures (SSTs) and altered wind patterns associated with global climate change are fueling much of the increase. Researcher Greg Holland says, “These numbers are a strong indication that climate change is a major factor in the increasing number of Atlantic hurricanes.”
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An extremely powerful cyclone, the equivalent of the most powerful hurricane, is hitting Oman in the Indian Ocean. The highly unusual storm has sustained winds of 160 MPH, and has developed because, like most ocean areas, the Indian Ocean is experiencing higher than normal water temperatures. The BBC news quotes one resident as saying, “I have lived in Oman for nearly 10 years and I have never experienced something like this.” Tropical Storm Gonu is heading toward Oman’s east coast, and residents of outlying islands are being evacuated. The storm is expected to strike Oman, then cross the gulf to Iran. It is the strongest storm to hit the Arabian Peninsula since record keeping began in 1945.read more