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2015 Hurricane Season Predicted Least Active in Decades

The 2015 Atlantic hurricane season may be one of the least active in decades, according to an initial forecast issued by Colorado State University...
April 17, 2015

The 2015 Atlantic hurricane season may be one of the least active in decades, according to an initial forecast issued by Colorado State University.

The early outlook released April 9 calls for seven named storms, including three hurricanes, one of which is predicted to attain major hurricane status (Category 3 or stronger on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale). This is well below the 30-year average of 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes.

It is important to note that there is no strong correlation between the number of storms or hurricanes and U.S. landfalls in any given season. "Our forecasts are for the total number of storms that may occur anywhere within the Atlantic Ocean, and do not attempt to predict the number of storms that will make landfall in the U.S.," said Dr. Peter Neilley, vice president of global forecasting services at The Weather Channel.

Despite the forecast for below-average activity, 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.

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