Do you live or work in the eastern parts of the United States? If so, then you likely have a keen interest in the NOAA forecast for 2017. The Atlantic hurricane season could see between two and four major hurricanes in 2017, according to the latest forecast from National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center. There’s only a 20 percent chance that this season will be less active than normal.
The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins June 1, but one named storm, Arlene, already hit land last month.
NOAA expects between 11 and 17 named storms (with sustained winds of 39 mph or higher), and from five to nine hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher) this season.
The Atlantic season runs through Nov. 1. Toward the end of the 2016 hurricane season, a powerful storm, Hurricane Matthew, reached Category 5 status and brought destruction and flooding to an area that ranged from Haiti to the Carolinas and beyond.
NOAA says that in its 2017 forecast, it’s expecting a weak or nonexistent El Nino and near- or above-average sea-surface temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, among other factors.
There’s still “considerable uncertainty” about conditions this season, a point illustrated by comparable predictions for an above-normal season (45 percent) and a near-normal season (35 percent).
In the eastern Pacific and central Pacific hurricane basins, NOAA predicts an 80 percent chance of a near- or above-normal season for both regions.
Here’s the list of 21 names that will be given to strong storms this year (the list is managed by the World Meteorological Organization). Is your name there??? I always thought it might be fun to have a storm named after you! Although I imagine that the Katrina’s of the world make take issue with my comment!