Weather authorities are predicting a severe Atlantic hurricane season.


More active Atlantic hurricane season forecast

Courtesy NOAA

Forecasters are predicting an overactive hurricane season.


National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center predicted an “active to extremely active” hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin.

It its May 27 seasonal outlook, the agency predicted 14-23 named storms, including 8-14 hurricanes of which three to seven could be major Category 3, 4 or 5 hurricanes  with winds exceeding 111 mph.

That’s higher than the seasonal average of 11 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes.
 
“If this outlook holds true, this season could be one of the more active on record,” Jane Lubchenco, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and administrator, said in a news release.  “The greater likelihood of storms brings an increased risk of a landfall.”

Climatologists say upper atmospheric winds conducive for storms and warm Atlantic Ocean water support the atypical forecast.

NOAA said eight of the last 15 years rank in the top 10 for the most named storms.

The most active recent season was 2005, which brought 28 named storms including Hurricane Wilma which destroyed much of south Florida’s produce production.