Wednesday, April 10, 2013
2013 Hurricane Forecast is IN...
The 2013 Hurricane forecast is IN - expect an "above average" hurricane season.
"Top forecasters predict an above-average 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, with 18 tropical storms forecast, of which nine will be hurricanes"
Keep in mind that the 2012 prediction was LOW. "The team's forecast in 2012 -- 10 named storms and four hurricanes -- was far below what actually occurred: Last year, 19 storms formed, including 10 hurricanes. This included Hurricane Sandy, which slammed the Northeast coast in October, killing dozens and leading to billions of dollars in damage. Three straight Atlantic hurricane seasons have had 19 storms."
And now the BAD news: "This forecast is for the Atlantic basin, which includes the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. Klotzbach said that of the nine predicted hurricanes, four should be major hurricanes — categories 3, 4 or 5 — with sustained wind speeds of 111 mph or greater."
That means the 2008 Hurricane IKE - which was a high CAT 1 (or a low CAT 2) was SMALL compared to what we could see in the months ahead. Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.
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