The forecasts are in….and it seems everyone is predicting an active hurricane season. The season which officially begins June 1st and runs through Nov 30th is being forecasted as an above average one by both Colorado State University and AccuWeather who both came out with their forecasts this past week. One of the main reasons we are seeing the above average forecasts is the warm ocean waters
AccuWeather came out with there forecast last week which calls for 15 tropical storms, 8 hurricanes, 3 of them major.
CSU is forecasting 16 named storms, 9 hurricanes and 5 major hurricanes. A major hurricane is a Cat 3 or higher with winds above 111 mph.
Last year we saw 19 tropical storms, 12 hurricanes and 5 major storms. The average in a years breaks down like this: 9-12 tropical storms, 5-7 hurricanes and 1-3 major. Last season was compared to the most active season, 2005. If you talk to most folks though it didn’t seem active, espcially for people affected by the ‘canes. The reason is most storms either stayed out to sea or affect areas besides the United States like Mexico and the Carribean islands.
This post was written by kconnolly on April 7, 2011