The Atlantic Hurricane season starts June 1, and for many people it’s of special interest given the widespread damage in the U.S. caused by the record-setting Superstorm Sandy in October of last year. Several predictions for this year’s hurricane season have been issued by various weather forecasters both within and outside of the United States. Two well-known predictors of hurricanes, Philip J. Klotzbach and William M. Gray of the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, issued their predictions in April.
According to Klotzbach and Gray, “We anticipate that the 2013 Atlantic basin hurricane season will have enhanced activity compared with the 1981-2010 climatology…We anticipate an above-average probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the United States coastline and in the Caribbean.” Their full report may be read here. The full hurricane season runs from June until the end of November.
Considering the massive amount of damage that only one storm did last year—Sandy—that prediction is a little unsettling. But it’s not the only prediction that has come out; there’s a consensus that this year is going to have a lot of hurricanes. Below is a current summary of some of the predictions for Atlantic hurricanes this year:
Names for storms are planned well in advance of each hurricane season by the World Meteorological Organization. Hurricane names for 2013 are here, and the first storm name for this year is Andrea.
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