Below average storms forecasted in 2015

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Photo of Hurricane Isabel by NASA

June 1 marks the start of the Atlantic hurricane season that lasts through the end of November. This 2015 season looks to be quieter than average with NOAA’s Atlantic hurricane season forecast anticipating fewer named storms. However, this does not mean that coastal territories are at less risk

The Weather Channel reported that a Colorado State University (CSU) forecast issued June 1 called for eight named storms, including three hurricanes, one of which is predicted to attain major hurricane status.

There is no correlation between the number of storms forecasted and severity, according to the Weather Channel. The year 2014 saw only 8 storms, the fewest number of named storms in 17 years, but one of those storms was Hurricane Arthur which was the strongest land falling hurricane in six years in the mainland U.S., the Weather Channel reported.

History has shows that a season can deliver many storms, but have little impact, or deliver few storms and have one or more hitting the U.S. coast with major impact, Weather Channel reported.

Because of Tropical Storm Ana in early May, there are no new names this year, but the names that will be used are recycled from the 2009 season. The next names on deck are:

  • Bill
  • Claudette
  • Danny
  • Erika
  • Fred
  • Grace
  • Henri
  • Ida
  • Joaquin
  • Kate
  • Larry
  • Mindy
  • Nicholas
  • Odette
  • Peter
  • Rose
  • Sam
  • Teresa
  • Victor
  • Wanda