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may 23

The 2012 Hurricane Season Forecast Has Been Released, And It Looks Good

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After a mild winter, and with memories of 2011's erratic hurricane season still fresh, we were already bracing ourselves for a summer of storms. But a report released today offers hope.

The Atlantic hurricane season stretches from June 1 to November 30th, and it's been a rule of thumb that you are tempting fate by booking a trip to the Caribbean, Mexico's Riviera Maya, or Florida's coast during those months. Well, really anywhere on the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, or the Gulf of Mexico. And those are just the places you would like to be when the weather turns warm and your thoughts turn to the beach.

The good news is that, according to the experts over at weather.com, the projection for the 2012 hurricane season is "below average," with 11 named storms, six hurricanes, and two major hurricanes in the forecast. (That may sound like a lot, but the average from 1995 to 2011 has been 15 named storms, eight hurricanes, and four major hurricanes.) Which means planning a trip to beach may not be such a gamble.

Of course, just like with every weather forecast, the usual caveats apply. And it's always good to be prepared. But does this news make you want to instantly book a Caribbean vacation? Or are you still cautious?

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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