NOAA Experts Predict Active Tropical Season

Personnel with the National Weather Service's Tallahassee office have been in the Wiregrass.

Local concerns center around the on-going drought, but weather experts predict an active tropical season is just around the corner.

Experts predict 17 Atlantic tropical storms this season, nine of them being category three and above hurricanes.

One meteorologist with the National Weather Service says the ridge of high pressure which has brought dry weather will soon give way to an unstable system bringing heavy rainfall to the tri-states.

"When we have a period of drought it normally doesn't go on, and on, and on. It takes one tropical system to break the cycle and the weather will typically change," Richard Lanier of National Weather Service.

Lanier says all the weather models indicate higher than normal tropical weather for the gulf coast.

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