Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today May 24, 2018 released their forecast for this year's Atlantic hurricane season, predicting a near normal or above normal season. What does that mean?
Well.... The forecasters predict a 70 percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms with winds of 39 mph or higher.
Of those named storms, the forecasters predict five to nine could become hurricanes, including one to four major ones.
Hurricanes have winds of 74 mph or higher and major hurricanes are considered to be at least Category 3.
An average hurricane season brings 12 named storms, of which six become hurricanes.
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