The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its hurricane season forecast Thursday, acknowledging that oil released by the BP Gulf oil spill could come into play if not cleaned up.
Another winter storm is moving across the US Monday, but forecasters hope the worst of the season's storms will be over by the end of next week.
A periodic climate phenomenon, El Nino has prompted storms to smack southern California this week rather than the Pacific Northwest. But Indonesia and parts of Australia are also affected, except they're too dry.
The storm has already brought flooding to downtown Miami and began dropping snow in Asheville, N.C. Winter storm warnings extend from Georgia to Massachusetts' Cape Cod, with up to a foot of snow possible in Washington, D.C.