NOAA predicts an average or "near normal" hurricane season

2-4 major hurricanes predicted with winds of 111 mph or higher

Jim Hanzo
May 23, 2019 - 11:01 am

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an average or near normal hurricane season with 15 named storms.  

Meteorologists said there will likely be 4 to 8 hurricanes.  2 to 4 of those are expected to be major hurricanes meaning a category 3, 4 , or 5 with wind speeds of 111 mph or higher.  

The ongoing El Nino is expected to suppress some weather activity, but officials at NOAA are balancing that data point with predictions of warmer-than-average sea-surface temperatures in the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, and an enhanced west African monsoon, both of which favor increased hurricane activity.

The 2019 hurricane season runs June 1 through November 30.  

 

 

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