New forecast predicts fewer storms for 2018 hurricane season

- Hurricane season is getting a major makeover, as some forecasters are now calling for fewer storms.

The Colorado State University released its seasonal forecast, saying that the east coast and Gulf of Mexico will experience a "below average hurricane season."

Experts behind the prediction are now lowering the number of major hurricanes this season from seven down to four. The change in forecast is due to the water temperature in the Atlantic being cooler than average and because of the developing El Niño, which suppresses the Atlantic hurricane season. 

Forecasters previously predicted this season would near-normal or above-normal, with 10 to 16 named storms. Five to nine of those would become hurricanes, while only one to four could be major storms with sustained winds of at least 111 mph. 

In 1993, the same prediction of fewer predictions was made. That was the year that Hurricane Andrew formed and slammed into Florida.

Stay up to date with the latest on the hurricane season HERE. Download the 2018 Hurricane Guide in English HERE or in Spanish HERE

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