Forecasters: Near-Normal Hurricane Season this Year
This year’s hurricane season is expected to be normal in the Atlantic and Caribbean basins, the federal government said this week.
The NOAA Climate Prediction Center said there’s a 70 percent chance of nine to 15 named storms, four to eight of which are expected to become hurricanes – about the average over the last few decades. It would be a return to a more normal summer after a few active years.
“NOAA’s outlook predicts a less active season compared to recent years,” said NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco. “But regardless of the outlook, it’s vital for anyone living or vacationing in hurricane-prone locations to be prepared. We have a stark reminder this year with the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew.”
Forecasters cautioned that if an El Nino warming pattern develops in late summer, conditions would change – keeping the season even quieter.