2017 Hurricane Season Could Be More Active
Colorado State University's Department of Atmospheric Science reports that 2017 could mark another busy hurricane season, according to early assessments of climate patterns. The Atlantic hurricane season next year could be above average due to recent warming of the North Atlantic Ocean and the absence of El Niño, said researcher Philip Klotzbach. While an above-average season is most likely, an average season is a strong possibility, he said. The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season generated 15 storms, and if 2017 is above-average, it could generate just as many or even more. According to the analysis, there is a 40 percent chance of a season with an accumulated cyclone energy of 130, which would typically mean a season of six to eight hurricanes, with two to three reaching major status. A reappearance of El Niño, while considered unlikely, would suppress the formation of hurricanes, said Klotzbach.