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Recent satellite images of Lake O algal blooms may be deceiving

SANIBEL, Fla. – NOAA’s satellite images of Lake Okeechobee’s algal blooms may not show the whole picture. A satellite image taken on May 11th showed toxic algae covering more than half of the lake. 500 square miles were green, yellow, or red on the image. On May 24th, only 150 square miles of the lake were covered in a bloom. It could make viewers think the bloom is shrinking or going away, but that is not the case, experts said. The lake is lowering quickly with the recent dry weather in Southwest Florida. The wind is pushing the blooms around and...

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Hurricane season likely to be another above-average year, NOAA says

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season is likely to be above-average according to forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  The administration released their seasonal outlook this afternoon calling for 13 to 20 named storms, six to 10 hurricanes, and three to five major hurricanes. A major hurricane is defined as any tropical weather system that reaches Category 3 strength or higher on the Saffir-Simpson Scale regardless if it impacts land or not.   As of this year, an average hurricane season statistics in the Atlantic includes 14 named...

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