What to Expect This Hurricane Season
Hurricanes are the byproduct of air and warm water gone wrong. North of the equator, air above the surface of the ocean takes in moisture and heat. As that warm air rises, a pressure region forms below it. Hurricanes are formed as the cycle repeats with high pressure air moving into regions of low pressure air, heating up, rising, and then producing whirling air.
So far this year, Colorado State University predicts a slightly above-average 2018 season, citing the relatively low likelihood of a significant El Nino as a primary factor.
The CSU Tropical Meteorology Project tam is predicting 14 named storms during the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30. Of those, researchers expect seven to become hurricanes and three to reach major hurricane strength with sustained winds of 111 miles per hour or greater.