Colorado State University has revised its hurricane forecast, now predicting a near-average Atlantic hurricane season, officials announced Thursday.That bring’s CSU’s outlook more in line with the national Climate Prediction Center’s May 25 forecast of a high likelihood of an above-normal or near-normal season.CSU’s Tropical Meteorology Project team now predicts 13 named storms during the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30.During early April CSU forecast a slightly below-average season. That changed because of new environmental conditions in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.The changes include reduced chances of development of an El Niño, which cause winds that tear apart hurricanes, according to CSU.At the same time, the Atlantic Ocean is warming, potentially helping fuel the formation of tropical storms, according to CSU.Prior to the official start of this year’s hurricane season, Tropical Storm Arlene formed in April. Rare: Tropical Storm Arlene forms in the Atlantic CSU researchers now expect 13 storms in the remainder of the season. Six are forecast to become hurricanes and two could become major hurricanes, with winds of 111 mph or greater.The Climate Prediction Center expects anywhere from 11 to 17 named storms before year’s end. That could include up to nine hurricanes, of which two to four could be major,… Read full this story
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