The hurricane season of 2017 was reportedly the costliest Atlantic hurricane season in history. Now, initial forecasts for the 2018 season call for an above average level of activity. A total of 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes are expected this season.
In addition to projecting 14 named storms, a Colorado State University (CSU) release says there’s an increased chance of a major storm system pummeling the U.S. The news comes after last season’s storms Harvey, Irma, and Maria churned-up more than $215 billion in losses.
The forecast, which is cited on The Weather Channel, is authored by the Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project and led by Dr. Phil Klotzbach. It projects slightly above the 30-year average of 12 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes.
“It’s impossible to know for certain if a U.S. hurricane strike, or multiple strikes, will occur this season. Keep in mind, however, that even a weak tropical storm hitting the U.S. can cause major impacts, particularly if it moves slowly, resulting in flooding rainfall.”
CSU’s report recognizes that April predictions can be less reliable than those conducted later in the year. But the university’s report has been highly respected and closely watched for 35 years. The official Atlantic hurricane season runs from June through November.