2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Expected to Be More Active Than Usual

Hailstorm on the road in a summer day

Weather projections for the upcoming summer predict one of the most active Atlantic hurricane seasons since 2012. According to a forecast released by the Weather Company’s Professional Division, a total of eight hurricanes and three major storms will be coming our way in the coming months.

These numbers are notable because they are greater than the 30-year historical average of 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes in the Atlantic Basin. According to the Weather Channel, a hurricane is considered a “major hurricane” when it’s a Category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale.

The forecast released by the Weather Company also predicted a slightly higher number of names storms and hurricanes compared to an outlook that was issued earlier this year by Colorado State University. Headed by Dr. Phil Klotzbach, this particular forecast predicted that the Atlantic should be expecting 13 storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes.

As for how this will impact the United States, the Weather Channel writes:

“There is no strong correlation between the number of storms or hurricanes and U.S. landfalls in any given season. One or more of the named storms forecast to develop this season could hit the U.S., or none at all. Therefore, residents of the coastal United States should prepare each year no matter the forecast.”

One great way homeowners can prepare is by investing in storm and hurricane-resistant windows. These kinds of windows can withstand winds up to 200 miles per hour. Experts also recommend having an emergency storm kit handy.

Whether the U.S. receives a large number of low-impact storms or a few major ones, the U.S. is due for another hurricane that will likely strike sooner rather than later. And it’s important to note that even a weak tropical storm can make a relatively large impact, as a slow-moving storm can result in flooding rainfall

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