Published on April 12, 2013
By Caribbean News Now contributor
MIAMI, USA — Two leading hurricane forecasters have both predicted higher-than-normal tropical cyclone activity during this year’s Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from 1 June to 30 November.
On Thursday, Phil Klotzbach and William Gray issued Colorado State University’s Tropical Meteorology Project’s hurricane forecast for the 30th year. They have predicted 18 named storms, nine hurricanes and four major hurricanes of Category 3 strength or higher during the 2013 hurricane season, all significantly higher than average.
University College of London professors Mark Saunders and Adam Lea of the UK-based Tropical Storm Risk also predicted a more active hurricane season in their report on 5 April, forecasting 15.2 named storms, 7.5 hurricanes and 3.4 major hurricanes.
The Klotzbach/Gray report listed five hurricane seasons since 1900 with characteristics most similar to what was observed in February-March 2013. Those years include 1915, 1952, 1966, 1996 and, most recently, 2004, the year that spawned 15 named storms, nine hurricanes and six major hurricanes.