Volusia County, FL-Near-normal is the prediction for the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season. Dr. Gerry Bell is a hurricane climate specialist with NOAA. He said that there is a likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms of which 4 to 8 could become hurricanes, including 1 to 4 major hurricanes for the coming season.
Dr. Bell said there are many variables to predicting the hurricane season, including warmer water temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean, which can create a season with more hurricanes. Climate signals that influence the formation of Atlantic storms, like El Nino and La Nina make predicting this season particularly difficult.
NOAA will issue an updated outlook for the Atlantic hurricane season in early August, just prior to the peak of the season.
You can hear Dr. Bell’s complete report by clicking here.