|Posted on 6/2/2014 11:19:00 AM.|
Michelle Southern reporting.
The Colorado State University forecast team is now calling for 10 named storms, including four hurricanes, to form during the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane season. That's a slight increase from the prediction of 9 storms in April. Phil Klotzbach is the lead author of the CSU hurricane report.
"The primary reason why we raised our forecast a little bit is due to the fact that El Nino, while still developing, it appears that it may not be as strong as we thought and the Atlantic is slightly warmer than it was in April," said Phil Klotzbach, lead author of the CSU hurricane report.
But Klotzbach says they continue to predict a below-average hurricane season for the Atlantic basin citing the likely development of an El Nino and the persistence of cool anomalies in the tropical Atlantic.
He encourages coastal residents to take the proper hurricane precautionary measures each year regardless of the forecast.
Hurricane season began yesterday and runs through November 30th. Klotzbach says we're still expecting to have an El Nino, but right now the question is of how strong that event will be.
He says the weaker the El Nino, the more likely it is we'll have an active season.
"However if you have a moderate to strong El Nino event, even if the Atlantic is relatively warm and fairly conducive, you could see a quiet season regardless," said Klotzbach.
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