Forecasters Downgrade Predictions for 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season
With less than 3 weeks before the beginning of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season, forecasters have downgraded their predictions.
A forecast article by Meteorologist Dale Destin, predicts 13 named storms, 6 becoming hurricanes and 3 becoming major hurricanes.
These new numbers represent a slight decrease below those of the previous forecast of 15 named storms, 7 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.
A typical season has 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes.
Major hurricanes have sustained wind speeds of at least 178 km/h based on the Saffir Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
If this forecast pans out, 2018 would be the least active since 2015.
The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was one of the most, if not the most destructive for the Caribbean with ten of last year’s 17 named storms reached hurricane strength and six of the 10 hurricanes were major ones.
Regardless of the forecast, the Met Office is encouraging person to always prepare for each season, as it only takes one hurricane to ruin your year.