SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN – The Colorado State University (CSU) Department of Atmospheric Science on Thursday released its extended range forecast for the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
CSU as of April 4thforecasts the formation of 13 named storms of which five are expected to become hurricanes and of those, two are expected to become major hurricanes of Category 3 or above.
“We anticipate that the 2019 Atlantic basin hurricane season will have slightly below- normal activity. The current weak El Niño event appears likely to persist and perhaps even strengthen this summer/fall.
“Sea surface temperatures averaged across the tropical Atlantic are slightly below normal, and the far North Atlantic is anomalously cool. Our Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation index is below its long-term average.
“We anticipate a slightly below-average probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the continental United States coastline and in the Caribbean. As is the case with all hurricane seasons, coastal residents are reminded that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season for them. They should prepare the same for every season, regardless of how much activity is predicted,” CSU said on Thursday.
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