24 Apr Hurricane Season 2018 – Names and Predictions
Hurricane Season 2018 runs from June 1 through November 30, although many residents of the Gulf states probably wish it wouldn’t come this year. This year, Colorado State University (CSU) researchers have predicted another above-average year, with low likelihood of significant El Nino weather patterns. This means that winds which form in the upper level of the atmosphere from the west in the Caribbean won’t form and tear apart hurricanes trying to form in the tropical Atlantic, a key factor in El Nino patterns.
The CSU team has predicted that there will be 14 named storms and 11 hurricanes, with 3 reaching major (Category 3 or higher) status. Researchers remind coastal residents that even if the predictions were lower, it only takes one storm coming to your area to make it an active season.
The National Hurricane Center originally began naming tropical storms in 1953. Storm names are still available for viewing on their website, but the names are now maintained and updated by the World Meteorological Organization.
Each list of names is used in a six-year rotation. So, this year’s list will be used again in 2024. If a storm is considered too deadly, or damage caused by a storm deemed too costly, the name is no longer used for reasons of sensitivity. In those cases, a name is replaced during an annual World Meteorological Organization meeting. This year, for example, Sandy was on the list; however, that name was retired after Superstorm Sandy wreaked her havoc in the northeast in 2012. 2018’s storm names are the following: