Source: Cruising Compass

In this article “Despite the fact that there have already been two named storms in the past few weeks, boaters (and their insurance agents) should be pleased to hear that NOAA has announced that conditions in the atmosphere and the ocean favor a near-normal hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin this season.

For the entire six-month season, which begins June 1, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center says there’s a 70 percent chance of nine to 15 named storms (with top winds of 39 mph or higher), of which four to eight will strengthen to a hurricane (with top winds of 74 mph or higher) and of those one to three will become major hurricanes (with top winds of 111 mph or higher, ranking Category 3, 4 or 5). Based on the period 1981-2010, an average season produces 12 named storms with six hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.