RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TX (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — It's hard to believe that we are exactly one month from the official beginning of Hurricane Season 2013.
A team of Colorado State University meteorologists predicts that 2013 could have be an above average storm season. In their annual hurricane season forecast for the Atlantic and Caribbean, Philip Klotzback and William Gray predict a total of 18 named storms, nine of which will reach hurricane strength.
In an average year, there are only 12 named storms and 6 or 7 hurricanes. Of the 9 hurricanes these scientists predict, four would reach major hurricane status of Category 3 or higher. They believe that warm water over the tropical Atlantic will likely breed more long lived Cape Verde hurricanes, which form in the Eastern Atlantic and strengthen as they approach the Caribbean and North America.
The official hurricane season forecast by the National Hurricane Center comes out in late May.