by Mark Albert
WASHINGTON (TVR) – The 2017 hurricane season is predicted to be “above-normal” this year, with far-reaching implications for airlines, cruise ships, and travelers in North America.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration updated its hurricane forecast to increase the number of named storms and major hurricanes it expects, as well as predicting a “higher likelihood” of an above-normal season.
In fact, the hurricane season that began June 1st and lasts until the end of November could be “the most active since 2010,” NOAA said in its forecast.
“This season has had a running start,” Ben Friedman, NOAA’s acting administrators, told reporters this month.
“We’re now entering the peak of the season when the bulk of the storms usually form,” added Dr. Gerry Bell, the lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at the Climate Prediction Center.
2017 Hurricane Season ‘Extremely Active’
NOAA forecasters predict the 2017 hurricane season will be “extremely active,” with 14 to 19 named storms.
That’s up from the prediction of 11-17 that NOAA issued in May.
The revised forecast also calls for two to five major hurricanes, also up from the prior reading.
The outlook is based on warmer waters in the Atlantic and a reduced chance of an El Nino pattern forming, which can prevent storms from gathering strength.
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