The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season was kicked off with dire warnings from the National Hurricane Center and Colorado State University climatologists Philip Klotzbach and William Gray that there would be an above average number of hurricanes and severe hurricanes.
With the season just over the Sept. 10 halfway point – often viewed as the most active period – the number of cyclones that have grown big enough to earn names is on track to meet the named-storm predictions. But the number of hurricanes and the number of intense hurricane activity days have lagged well behind, according to forecasters with National Hurricane Center.
In May, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center predicted a 70-percent chance of there being 13 to 19 named storms, 6 to 9 of which would be hurricanes, with 3 to 5 of those being major, with sustained winds greater than 111 mph. The hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.