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Forecasters calling for another busy hurricane season in 2018

06 April, 2018, 03:35 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Watch out Florida: Forecast predicts active 2018 hurricane season

The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season was historic in many ways, most notably it will go down as the costliest in USA history.

Hurricane researchers predict seven of the storms will become hurricanes and three will reach "major hurricane strength with sustained winds of 111 miles per hour or greater".

The good news is this season won't be almost as notable as last years, with three major hurricanes - Harvey, Irma and Maria - whipping into the USA and it's territories.

An average hurricane season according to NOAA has 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes.

Colorado State's forecast is closely watched.

If you are hoping for a quiet hurricane season you may be out of luck.

Hurricane season officially begins June 1 and ends November 30.




Buckle in, South Carolina, researchers say the East Coast should prepare for an above-average hurricane season.

The research team predicts that 2018 hurricane activity will be about 135 percent of the average season.

"As is the case with all hurricane seasons, coastal residents are reminded that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season for them", Klotzbach said.

The forecast is based on, among other data, an expectation that "a transition to El Nino is relatively unlikely in the summer/fall of 2018", the report states. "Later seasonal forecasts issued in July and August correctly predicted an above-average season but still considerably underestimated just how active the season was going to be".

Much this year ultimately depends on whether or not El NiƱo conditions develop, as that climate pattern, signaled by warming sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific, brings about upper level winds in the Caribbean and Atlantic that tear storms apart as they start forming.

Read the Colorado State hurricane report here.

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