Hurricane season begins on June 1, and according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Outlook, those along the Gulf and East Coasts should prepare for another active year.
According to NOAA’s Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook, there is a 70 percent change of 13 to 20 named storms with wind speeds above 39 mph. Of those, between seven and 11 of those could become hurricanes with up to six turning into major hurricanes.
“With the devastation of Sandy fresh in our minds, and another active season predicted, everyone at NOAA is committed to providing life-saving forecasts in the face of these storms and ensuring that Americans are prepared and ready ahead of time.” said Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., NOAA acting administrator. “As we saw first-hand with Sandy, it’s important to remember that tropical storm and hurricane impacts are not limited to the coastline. Strong winds, torrential rain, flooding, and tornadoes often threaten inland areas far from where the storm first makes landfall.”
NOAA’s predictions are well above the season average of 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.
The Weather Channel released their hurricane forecast in April, calling 16 named storms, 9 hurricanes and 5 major hurricanes. Additionally, Colorado State University’s forecast predicts 18 names storms, 9 hurricanes and 4 major hurricanes. Read more.