2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Predictions

The 2017 Atlantic Ocean hurricane season could have an above-normal number of hurricanes this year. The Climate Prediction Center at NOAA predicts a 70% likelihood of 5 to 9 hurricanes with 2 to 4 of them being major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5).

2017 Hurricane Season Outlook

Strong wind shear reduces the development of the number and strength of tropical storms that grow into hurricanes, whereas weak wind shear increases hurricane development. There is a significantly reduced upper atmosphere wind shear predicted for the 2017, which points to more numerous and stronger hurricanes this season.

2017 Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Names

Arlene – April 19-21 – Only second named storm in April in recent history.
Bret – June 19 – Tropical depression tracking on coast of Africa
Cindy
Don
Emily
Franklin
Gert
Harvey
Irma
Jose
Katia
Lee
Maria
Nate
Ophelia
Philippe
Rina
Sean
Tammy
Vince
Whitney