2018 Hurricane Season May Be Busier Than Normal

7 hurricanes, including 3 major ones, are in the forecast
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2018 11:20 AM CDT
In this Sept. 20, 2017, photo, a young boy looks out the window as strong winds brought on by Hurricane Maria bend a palm tree and send debris flying in Juncos, Puerto Rico.   (AP Photo/Linda Rodriguez Flecha)

(Newser) – It may seem like we just said goodbye to Harvey, Irma, and Maria, but the new hurricane season is near its official start of June 1. With that, Colorado State University is out with its annual Atlantic forecast, and the season looks to be a little busier than usual, reports the Weather Channel:

  • 3 big ones: The forecast calls for 14 named storms, seven hurricanes, and three major hurricanes among those seven. All are above the 30-year average of 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and two major hurricanes.
  • Last year: We ended up with 17 named storms, 10 hurricanes, and six major hurricanes. (The latter means category 3 and up.)
  • 2 factors: The Washington Post notes that CSU will update its forecast on the eve of the season, and the story explains that the development of El Nino (or lack thereof) and surface temperatures in the North Atlantic could play big roles in determining how severe the new season is.
(Read more hurricane season stories.)

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