Posted on 09 Apr 2013 by Neilson
The 2013 tropical hurricane season could be one of the most active in years, Weather Services International said Monday.
An unusually strong jet stream pattern has increased sea surface temperatures in the North Atlantic and could increase the chances for hurricanes, WSI said. WSI forecasts 16 named storms for the season. Nine of those will be hurricanes, of which five could reach "intense" hurricane levels, WSI added.
The 2013 forecast includes stronger storms - and more of them - than the average in 1950-2012, according to WSI. "This may still be a bit conservative if the warm tropical ocean temperature persists heading into the season," said WSI Chief Meteorologist Todd Crawford.
Tropical hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean generally runs between Labor Day and Nov. 30. Large storms, including 2005's Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Ike in 2008, can cause major damage along North American coast lines and disrupt oil and gas production in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, a major hub of U.S. energy production.