Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center say the Atlantic could see another above-normal hurricane season this year.Now that's an almost useless prediction. No matter what happens, they have it covered. It may be right, but it doesn't provide much guidance. Time to start getting ready.
For the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, forecasters predict a 45 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 35 percent chance of a near-normal season, and only a 20 percent chance of a below-normal season.
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Forecasters predict a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 5 to 9 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 2 to 4 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). An average season produces 12 named storms of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.
These numbers include Tropical Storm Arlene, a rare pre-season storm that formed over the eastern Atlantic in April.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Barely Above Average Hurricane Season Predicted
NOAA: Above-normal Atlantic hurricane season is most likely this year