Behind the Scenes at the National Hurricane Center

A meteorologist at the National Hurricane Center evaluates satellite data

A meteorologist at the National Hurricane Center evaluates satellite data as Hurricane Katrina approaches the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005. Kelly Owen/ZUMA/CORBIS hide caption

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Hurricane season officially begins June 1, and this coming Monday the National Hurricane Center will release its official forecast for the coming year.

Noah Adams visited the center recently to find out what goes on during the months of preparation for what may be a violent and deadly storm season — the first season since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast.

The building itself — a bunker-like compound with 10-inch-thick concrete walls — is built to withstand the strongest of hurricanes.

Hurricane Names for the 2006 Season

Alberto

Beryl

Chris

Debby

Ernesto

Florence

Gordon

Helene

Isaac

Joyce

Kirk

Leslie

Michael

Nadine

Oscar

Patty

Rafael

Sandy

Tony

Valerie

William

Source: National Hurricane Center

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