Atlantic Hurricane Season Expected to be Strongest Since 2012

Forecasters Now Expect 70 Percent Chance of 12-17 Named Storms

Posted at 9:30 a.m.

In its updated 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook — released last week — the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) calls for a higher likelihood of a near-normal or above-normal season, and decreases the chance of a below-normal season to only 15 percent, from the initial outlook issued in May. The season is expected to be the most active since 2012.

2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook updated

Image courtesy of NOAA

Forecasters now expect a 70 percent chance of 12-17 named storms of which 5-8 are expected to become hurricanes, including 2-4 major hurricanes. The initial outlook called for 10-16 named storms, 4-8 hurricanes and 1-4 major hurricanes.

The seasonal averages are 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes.

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