The team upgraded their prediction to 17 named storms, nine hurricanes and five major hurricanes on Aug. 5. What wound up happening: 16 named storms, eight hurricanes and 5 intense hurricanes.
“We consider our April and June forecasts to have been especially successful,” Klotzbach said in a prepared statement. “We believed that given the extremely active early season and the climate parameters observed up to August that the remainder of the season was likely to be slightly more active than it was.” The rest of the season had activity at above average levels, Klotzbach added, with both Gustav and Ike devastating coastal areas in the
The team bases its annual forecasts on 60 years of data that includes Atlantic sea surface temperatures and sea level pressures, the change in wind direction with height and El Nino. The hurricane season was very active from a