NOAA Predicts Fewer Storms This Hurricane Season
Forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say this hurricane season will be less severe than predicted. An updated forecast says there will be between 9 and 13 named storms in the Atlantic this season. NOAA initially said there would be between 10 and 16.
Though ocean and the atmosphere conditions are conspiring to produce a less active Atlantic hurricane season, NOAA and FEMA officials are raising caution as the season enters its peak months.
“There are still more storms to come – the hurricane season is far from being over,” Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, said in a statement. “We urge continued preparedness and vigilance.”
The hurricane season started on June 1 and runs through November 30.
Of the 9 to 13 predicted named storms, forecasters say 4 to 7 will become hurricanes, with winds of 74 mph or greater, including 0 to 2 major hurricanes, with winds of 111 mph or greater.
So far, there have been four named storms and two hurricanes.