Look for active Atlantic hurricane season, say storm experts

05/13/2013 10:16:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be similar to the 2012 season, according to a recent hurricane forecast from Colorado State University.

Professor William Gray and research scientist Philip Kloztbach say they expect 18 named storms, of which nine will form hurricanes, according to a news release.

Of the nine storms, four will become major hurricanes with sustained winds of 111 mph or greater.

The storm prognosticators said they based their forecast on the lack of an El Niño.

A weak El Niño features warm water temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, which tend to push damp weather east.

The CSU researchers say there is a 72 percent chance that a major hurricane of Category 3 strength or higher could make landfall along the entire U.S. coastline.

That goes down to 48 percent for the U.S. East Coast including peninsular Florida.

Last year, there were 19 named storms, nine of which became hurricanes.

2012 also marked the seventh consecutive year that a hurricane didn't make landfall in Florida.

The hurricane season runs from June 1-Nov. 30.



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