The official start to the Atlantic Hurricane Season is June 1st. Now is a good time to make preparations for an emergency evacuation and formulate your disaster plan.
The Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project has published its forecast for the Atlantic basin hurricane activity, based on 58 years of past data and predictive statistical analysis. Early season forecasts are for the following:
|Atlantic Hurricane Season||April 2008 forecast||1950 – 2007 average|
|Named storms (>35mph)||15||9.6|
|Major hurricanes (>111mph)||4||2.3|
|US landfall likelihood||69%||52%|
|Gulf Coast landfall||44%||30%|