NEW YORK -- The six-month hurricane season for the Atlantic region officially begins June 1, but Mother Nature's calendar is out of whack this year as evidenced by April snowfalls in the northeast and droughts in the west.

The National Hurricane Center already is tracking subtropical storm Ana, well southeast of Bermuda.

Colorado State University hurricane forecaster William Gray has predicted 12 named storms, eight of which will become hurricanes -- of which three will carry wind speeds of 111 mph or more.

Last season's storm activity -- with only four hurricanes -- was below average, Gray said. He does not think we will be that lucky this year.

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