June 1st will mark the start for the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
After a busy 2017 season with powerful storms like Harvey, Irma, and Maria, all eyes are on what will happen this year. So far, we have already seen Alberto in this year’s list of names.
The National Hurricane Center has released their forecast for this season. They are forecasting that there will be between 10-16 named storms, 5-9 of them being hurricanes, and 1-4 major hurricanes which has a minimum of a category 3.
There are many factors that play into this, but one of the main influences for any hurricane season is the El Nino-Southern Oscillation or ENSO in the Eastern Pacific in the Southern Hemisphere. This year, ENSO is showing neutral conditions, which can yield a more average-like season.
Now here in the Ohio Valley, the biggest impact from any tropical system is typically heavy rain due to the fact that we are so far inland. The last major disaster from a tropical system was back in 2004 from Hurricane Ivan where catastrophic flooding occurred throughout the Ohio Valley.
The Stormtracker 7 team will keep you up to date with any new tropical developments throughout the season.