NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center released their 2019 tropical outlook for the Atlantic Basin and trends look to stay around normal.
NOAA predicts 9-15 total named storms for the season. Of the named storms 4-8 are expected to become hurricanes and 2-4 of those are expected to be major hurricanes. These all fall within normal ranges based on a 30 year average.
A major hurricane is defined as Category 3 or higher as classified by the Saffir-Simpson Scale.
Last year the Atlantic Basin saw 15 named storms, eight hurricanes, and two major hurricanes.