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For First Time, 5 Named Storms Could Crowd Atlantic Ocean

For tropical storms, two’s company, three’s a crowd and five is, well, unprecedented. Maybe not for long. Weather forecasters are watching a disturbance in the western Gulf of Mexico that has a 50 percent chance of becoming Tropical Storm Kirk …

This Just In: Early Forecasts for 2018 Hurricane Season

An early forecast for the 2018 hurricane season calls for a slightly above-average season with 14 named storms, seven hurricanes, and three major hurricanes. Dr. Philip Klotzbach of Colorado State University (CSU), a non-resident scholar for the Insurance Information Institute …

Updated Atlantic Hurricane Forecast Calls for More Storms as El Nino Fades

Researchers again boosted the number of storms the Atlantic may produce before the hurricane season ends as a missing Pacific El Nino and warm waters present favorable storm conditions. As many as 16 named storms may form in the Atlantic …

Looks Like Below-Average Atlantic Hurricane Season, Say Colorado Forecasters

Colorado State University hurricane researchers are predicting a slightly below-average Atlantic hurricane season in 2017, citing the potential development of El NiƱo as well as recent anomalous cooling in the tropical Atlantic as primary factors. The CSU Tropical Meteorology Project …

Atlantic Coast Should Expect Normal Hurricane Season, Says Colorado State

The Atlantic should produce a near-normal 12 storms during the six-month hurricane season that officially begins Wednesday, while the U.S. coastline has a below-average chance of being struck by a major system, according to Colorado State University’s forecast. Of the …

2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Should See Normal Activity of 12 Names Storms: CSU

The coming Atlantic hurricane season should produce a near-average 12 named storms before it ends in November, according to Phil Klotzbach, lead author of the pioneering Colorado State University forecast. At least five of those storms will reach hurricane status, …

Colorado State Hurricane Forecaster Gray Passes Away

He changed the way the world looks at hurricanes, and in later years he challenged the science behind climate change, but most people will probably remember Bill Gray as the creator of the modern seasonal forecast for Atlantic storms. Gray …

Cyclone-Heavy Hurricane Season Not Over Yet

For a few minutes last Wednesday, there weren’t any hurricanes, cyclones, typhoons or tropical storms anywhere in the world. The respite didn’t last long. Thursday morning, the U.S. Navy and Air Force’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center, along with the Indian …

Hurricane Joaquin Keeps Forecasters Guessing on Its Path

Tropical Storm Joaquin jumped in strength and is forecast to become a Category 1 hurricane by Wednesday, even as computer models disagree on where it will end up. Joaquin’s top winds reached 65 miles (105 kilometers) per hour, up from …

Hurricane Season’s Peak: Gone with the Wind Shear

The day during the Atlantic hurricane season when a tropical storm or worse is most likely to be swirling around the basin may come and go with a whimper. The best the Atlantic probably will come up with by Thursday, …