2018 Hurricane Forecast

The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season is forecast to be more active than historical averages with regard to the number of named storms, according to the latest forecasts released by Colorado State University, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and The Weather Company, an IBM Business. NOAA's Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a 75-percent chance that the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will be near-or above-normal. 

The Colorado State University (CSU) Tropical Meteorology Project outlook headed by Dr. Phil Klotzbach updated its forecast, calling for an above-average number of named storms with 21 expected. CSU forecasts an average number of hurricanes this year, with six expected in the Atlantic Basin. A below-average number of major hurricanes – two – is also anticipated.

The 30-year historical average (1981-2010) for the Atlantic Basin is 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes. A major hurricane is of Category 3 strength or higher on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

NOAA issued its forecast at the end of May and called for:

  • Ten to 16 Named Storms.
  • Five to nine of which would become hurricanes.
  • One to four of which would become major hurricanes.