Busy Atlantic hurricane season expected

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The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting hurricane activity in the North Atlantic Ocean in 2017 is likely to be above normal (45 percent) or near-normal (35 percent).

The Canadian Hurricane Centre says it responds to 4 or 5 tropical cyclone events each year on average, with 1 or 2 of those affecting Canadian land and another 2 or 3 threatening offshore waters.

Hurricanes are typically a greater concern in Canadian waters later in the season but the Canadian Hurricane Centre monitors the Atlantic Ocean year‑round for any tropical or tropical‑like cyclone that could pose a threat to Canada or its waters.

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Summer outlook unveiled

Courtesy Accuweather.com

Courtesy Accuweather.com

Accuweather has unveiled its summer outlook for Canada and it looks decent for New Brunswick.

Above normal temperatures and near normal precipitation are in store for the province with below normal precipitation in Northern New Brunswick.

The big concern in late summer is hurricanes and tropical storms and Accuweather projects a higher than normal number of storms for the Atlantic Basin.

Since 2000, there has been an average of one land-falling hurricane on Canadian soil every other year and before that the rate of landfall was closer to one every three years.