NOAA lowers number of forecasted storms for the rest of hurricane season

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has lowered the hurricanes forecasted for the rest of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.

In May, between nine to 13 named storms, four to seven hurricanes and up to two major hurricanes were predicted for this hurricane season. NOAA now predicts 10 to 16 named storms, five to nine hurricanes and one to four major hurricanes for the rest of the year. They report there is now a 60 percent chance of a below-normal hurricane season.

KPRC-TV Chief Meteorologist Frank Billingsley said we need a couple of cool fronts in from the Rockies by mid-September to keep storms away from us.

“The Atlantic has been the coolest that we’ve seen historically,” said Billingsley. “It’s all about getting those first cool fronts in from the Rockies. If we can get those in mid-September, late September that usually will keep everything away from us.”

He said it's because the Pacific has been so active, atmospherically, the Atlantic tends to be quiet.

“You get a lot of late activity August, September, even in early October—that’s really your peak season,” said Billingsley.

<PSI_END_OBJECT>He said give it another couple of months before we can relax.

While the hurricane season runs from June first to December first, the peak of hurricane season runs from August to October.

So far, there have been four named storms this season, including two hurricanes.

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