TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) - The forecast team at Colorado State University, which historically puts out a forecast for Atlantic and Pacific hurricane seasons, has revised their expected storm totals for the 2018 Atlantic season.
The team believes that for the remaining four months of the 2018 season, the Atlantic Basin will see nine named storms, three hurricanes and one major hurricane in addition to the three named storms and two hurricanes that formed so far this year. These new numbers are a decrease from the group's May forecast of 14 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes.
There are several factors that have contributed to this lowering in the forecast values.
"The Atlantic Basin, mainly east of the Caribbean, has been running abnormally cool for some time now," said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Ed Bloodsworth. "This combined with plumes of Saharan Dust from Africa have contributed to unfavorable tropical development conditions. Some of these factors are expected to persist into the remaining summer months."
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association will reveal update forecast number on August 9.
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