Published: Feb 28, 2011 5:31 PM EST
Updated: Feb 28, 2011 2:31 PM EST

MIAMI- Hurricane experts are meeting in Miami this week to discuss updates in storm forecasts.

Federal and military officials, local emergency managers and academic researchers will review the nation's hurricane forecasting and warning program. They'll make recommendations to improve the program for the coming storm season.

The annual Interdepartmental Hurricane Conference begins Monday and continues through Thursday.

Last year's hurricane season was one of the busiest on record with 19 named storms, including 12 hurricanes. While extreme weather ravaged Haiti, Mexico and other Caribbean coasts, the U.S. was spared from the landfall of a major hurricane for the fifth straight year.

The six-month Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1.

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