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Federal forecasters say the Atlantic hurricane season will be even quieter than predicted.

That’s thanks to atmospheric and oceanic conditions that are suppressing storm formation.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration still expects three to six hurricanes. They could still form during the six-month season that peaks between mid-August and mid-October.

Officials dropped the number of named storms to between seven and 12 in an updated hurricane season forecast issued yesterday.

Hurricane season starts Saturday. And while experts can only predict how many will hit, one group says the clean-up bill will most certainly be high.

The federal government says somebody shot and killed a bottlenose dolphin found dead over the weekend on Elmer's Island — and there's a reward for information about whoever did it.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person or people who shot the dolphin.

Its body was found Saturday on the island, which is next to Grand Isle.

Today in Washington, D.C. we got our first taste of fall. It was crisp and in the low 60s. And just as we slide into the last days of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published its summer 2012 recap.

It's exactly what you were expecting: It was really hot. In fact, 2012 was the third hottest on record.

NOAA reports:

Gulf of Mexico Tide Predictions

Aug 28, 2012

Tide predictions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ocean Service for principal points along the Gulf of Mexico, for Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.

Galveston — 12:08 a.m. 1.72 L; 5:59 a.m. 2.01 H; 1:07 p.m. 0.57 L; 9:45 p.m. 2.0 H

Vermilion Bay — 12:40 a.m. 1.37 L; 6:06 a.m. 1.6 H; 1:39 p.m. 0.46 L; 9:52 p.m. 1.6 H

Atchafalaya Bay (Eugene Island) — 6:13 a.m. 1.97 H; 12:09 p.m. 0.56 L; 9:59 p.m. 1.96 H; 11:31 p.m. 1.87 L

Grand Isle (Barataria Pass) — 2:43 a.m. 1.13 H; 1:13 p.m. 0.47 L