Early forecast on the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season are average at best! Bill Read, the director of the U.S. National Hurricane Center, unveiled his forecast this week stating that we will likely see average storm activity with sea surface temperatures forecast to be cooler than last year.
Read did not make any specific forecasts on the number of hurricanes he expected but he did say preliminary reports suggest water temperatures could be less conducive this year for hurricane formation.
On average, the Atlantic hurricane season brings around 12 tropical storms, with 6 of those strengthening into hurricanes. 2011 saw 19 tropical storms, with seven growing into hurricanes, including three major ones.
Irene was the only hurricane to hit the United States in 2011 and the first since Hurricane Ike struck southeastern Texas in 2008.
The Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1st.