Hurricane 2018: Forecasters Predict An Active Atlantic Storm Season
For those still grappling with the devastation of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria last year, be warned: The 2018 hurricane season may not offer a reprieve.
Researchers at Colorado State University predict the upcoming Atlantic Ocean hurricane season could, again, be above average. That means more storms, and more storms of greater severity could form this year. The CSU Tropical Meteorology Project team is predicting 14 named storms during the Atlantic hurricane season. The season officially starts June 1 and runs until Nov. 30, though storms have formed before and after that window. Of those storms, researchers expect seven to become hurricanes and three to reach significant hurricane strength (Saffir/Simpson category 3-4-5) with sustained winds of 111 miles per hour or higher.
The report also includes the probability of major hurricanes making landfall:
- 63 percent for the entire U.S. coastline (average for the last century is 52 percent)
- 39 percent for the U.S. East Coast, including the Florida peninsula (average for the last century is 31 percent)
- 38 percent for the Gulf Coast from the Florida panhandle westward to Brownsville (average for the last century is 30 percent)
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