Here in the Carolinas, our biggest weather worry is hurricanes. Unfortunately, no one can predict the weather with 100% accuracy but the technology and methodology that meteorologists and other scientists use get better every year.
During the 2017 and 2018 hurricane seasons, powerful storms such as Harvey, Irma, Florence, and Michael caused widespread destruction and even fatalities across North and South Carolina. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 15 named storms came out of the Atlantic Ocean in 2018. That was actually two less than we saw in 2017.
So what’s the hurricane forecast for 2019? North Carolina State University professor Lian Xie predicts that we’ll see a normal hurricane season this year, with 13 to 16 named storms forming in the Atlantic basin. Xie says five to seven of those storms could become hurricanes this year, and two to three could grow into major hurricanes.
AccuWeather is making a similar prediction for this year. They’re calling for five to seven hurricanes, with as many as 14 tropical storms forming in the Atlantic. The 2019 hurricane season begins on June 1st and lasts until November 30th. And if you’re wondering what this year’s storms will be called, here’s the 2019 list of names from NOAA: