Meteorologists Philip Klotzbach and William Gray at Colorado State University yesterday reported to expect an “above average” hurricane season that will feature 18 tropical storms of which nine 9 are expected to develop into hurricanes. This forecast is for the Atlantic basin, which includes the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.
The typical hurricane season, according to weather records that go back to 1950, has 12 tropical storms, of which seven become hurricanes.
A tropical storm has sustained winds of 39 mph; it becomes a hurricane when its winds reach 74 mph.
The Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1 and lasts until Nov. 30.
The meteorologists based their forecast on the fact that the waters of the Atlantic Ocean have warmed up considerably, and they do not expect the El Nino phenomenon, which is the warming of the surface waters in the Tropical Pacific Ocean to have a big impact this year.
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