Only Two Named Storms by Late August Represents Slowest Start to Season in More than 20 Years
ANDOVER, Mass. (August 26, 2014) — Weather Services International (WSI) has issued its monthly update to the tropical forecast for the 2014 season, and now expects a total of 10 named storms, five hurricanes, and two major hurricanes. This represents a slight reduction from our previous forecast numbers of 11/5/2. These numbers are lower than both the 1950-2013 normals of 12/7/3 and the more recent “active period” (1995-2013) normals of 15/8/4.
According to WSI Chief Meteorologist Dr. Todd Crawford:
“Our objective models continue to be in very good agreement, with three completely independent techniques suggesting between 8-12 named storms for the season, and all techniques showing 5 hurricanes and 2 major hurricanes. Tropical Atlantic surface temperatures continue to run quite cool, which should help limit the number of storms that develop in the main development region during the upcoming peak of the season. Using the latest objective guidance, and since the forecast model solutions for the peak of the season are rather unimpressive, we have lowered our forecast slightly to 10 named storms, 5 hurricanes, and 2 major hurricanes.”
WSI provides customized weather information to global commodity traders via its industry-leading WSI Trader Web site. WSI will issue its last update on the 2014 tropical season on September 23.
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