2016 hurricane season forecast

(WFLA) – With the hurricane season just around the corner, Colorado State University released the season forecast for 2016.

The researchers are predicting a near-average season.

According to Colorado State, we will see 12 named storms, with five of them becoming hurricanes and two major hurricanes.

The weakening El Nino and cold north Atlantic waters are the two primary factors this season.

WFLA Chief Meteorologist Steve Jerve explained that El Nino will be less of a factor this year and according to Colorado State, the North Atlantic sea surface temperatures are cooler than normal and that tends to inhibit growth and intensification of the tropical systems in the Atlantic.

“We hope this trend will hold for an average season, but … your preparations year to year should be the same no matter what these forecasts say,” Jerve said.

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