With meteorologists keeping an eye on the Gulf of Mexico over the next few days, it's a sure sign that the next Hurricane/Tropical Season is right around the corner. With that, NOAA's Climate Prediction Center put out their forecast for the upcoming 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season. In their forecast released today, NOAA has the odds at 75% for a near-normal to above-normal season. In terms of how many tropical systems they're expecting, the numbers break down as follows...
10 to 16 named storms
5 to 9 of those storms to become hurricanes
1 to 4 of those hurricanes could be classified as "major" hurricanes
NOAA cites the possibility of a weak El Nino developing and near-average sea surface temperatures across the tropical Atlantic and Caribbean waters as two key factors behind their outlook.