Early Forecasts for 2018 Hurricane Season
Dr. Philip Klotzbach of Colorado State University (CSU), a non-resident scholar for the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.), has issued an early 2018 hurricane forecast calling for a slightly above-average season. CSU’s first extended range forecast for the season predicts 14 named storms, seven hurricanes, and three major hurricanes. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there are 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes in a typical year.
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Klotzbach will update his 2018 forecast on May 31. The Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1 and concludes on November 30. An early hurricane outlook from Joe Bastardi, chief forecaster at meteorological consulting firm WeatherBELL Analytics, projects 11 to 15 storms, with 5 to 7 becoming hurricanes, and 1 to 3 being major hurricanes. The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was the busiest in the U.S. since 2005, with 10 of 17 named storms reaching hurricane strength. Six of the 10 hurricanes were major storms.