The U.S. National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center says this year's Atlantic hurricane season will be “near-normal,” with four to eight hurricanes, of which one to four might turn into Category 3 or higher storms.

Granted, it's hard to anticipate the whims of Mother Nature, but the agency has been monitoring the skies for some time, processing vast information feeds with massive computing resources. And the agency earlier this year enhanced it systems to crunch even bigger amounts of data and improve its forecasts.

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