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.
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.