12 named storms have been predicted for the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season that begins on 1 June and ends 30 November. The annual forecast was made by the Hurricane researchers at the Colorado State University (CSU).
The Department of Disaster Management announced that the researchers at CSU, which is one of the main sources of hurricane predictions, foresees a near average 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
It was stated that the researchers predicted that five of the 12 named storms are expected to become hurricanes and two predicted to reach major hurricane strength (category three-four-five) with sustained winds of 111 miles per hour or greater.
This prediction differs from those that were released by the Pennsylvania-based AccuWeather hurricane experts earlier this month. In its announcement the Accuweather experts predicted the development of 14 named storms this season with eight estimated to be hurricanes and four major hurricanes.
Although they have predicted 14 named storms, their hurricane forecasters have indicated that there is a ‘cold blob’ which is a large, anomalous area of colder-than-normal sea-surface temperatures, located east of Newfoundland and south of Greenland, which may reduce the development of storms this year.
The average number of storms for the Atlantic Hurricane season is 12.