NPR reports that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, is predicting the 2016 hurricane ‘season,’ which beings June 1st, to be ‘near-normal.’
“Near-normal” in this case actually means there might be more activity than there has been over the past three years, which NOAA describes as “below normal.”
For the central Pacific, forecasts have predicted four to seven tropical cyclones, the NOAA statement says. Six to 11 hurricanes are likely in the eastern Pacific, including three to six major hurricanes.
For the cool ocean, NPR continues,
“In the Atlantic, the season will likely produce a range of from 10 to 16 tropical storms. Four to eight of those are expected to become hurricanes,” says NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan. There could be one to four major hurricanes — Category 3 or higher and with winds of at least 111 miles per hour.
Sounds about … normal … to me!