An “above normal” hurricane season still expected on the Atlantic coast
Despite only three named storms in the first half of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season, the season is still expected to be “above normal,” according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The organization said there was a 60 per cent chance the season would be above par this year, down slightly from a May projection that called for a 65 per cent chance. August through October are peak months for hurricane season, NOAA said.
NOAA predicts 14 to 20 named storms (storms with winds over 39 mph) this season, six to 10 hurricanes (winds over 74 mph), and three to five major hurricanes (winds over 111+ mph). They make this prediction with 70% confidence, the organization said. The “average” hurricane season has 14 named storms, of which seven are hurricanes and three have become major hurricanes.