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Experts Forecasting More Intense 2016 Hurricane Season

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | April 22, 2016

Experts Forecasting More Intense 2016 Hurricane Season

After a relatively quiet hurricane season in 2015, meteorologists are projecting a return to the typical amount of storms in the Atlantic Ocean this year.

According to the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University, the 2016 hurricane season will be impacted by the reduction of the El Nino effects, which typically suppress storm formations.

While the colder-than-usual temperatures still being found across the North Atlantic Ocean are usually tied to a drop in hurricane activity, meteorologists Philip Klotzbach and William Gray of CSU are reporting an estimated 21 hurricane days, 13 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes of category three or more in 2016.

Residents of areas with a previous history of being in the trajectory of hurricanes were lucky to avoid serious damage in 2015, as none of the 11 named tropical storms which formed in the Atlantic Ocean last year made landfall in the United States.

In 2016, CSU meteorologists are forecasting that the entire U.S. coastline has a 50 percent probability of being in the path of a major hurricane—category 3, 4 or 5—this storm season.


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