The Atlantic Hurricane season starts officially June 1. Hurricane Bud, a Pacific storm, weakened to Category 2 as it approached Mexico, and NOAA is watching another potential storm off the East coast of Florida. Tropical storm Alberto, which formed Saturday off South Carolina, dissipated Tuesday over the Atlantic without ever reaching shore. Meanwhile, NOAA issued its official forecast, which echoed earlier private forecasts for a fairly normal 2012 season, despite the early start.
"Alberto Kicks Off 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season a Week Before Its Official Start Date" (Surfline)
"Federal Forecasters Predict a Near-Normal Hurricane Season" (USA TODAY)
"US Forecasters: 9 To 15 Storms in Hurricane Season" (Bloomberg Businessweek)
"NOAA Predicts 4-8 Atlantic Hurricanes" (CNN)