Forecasters are predicting that the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season will be “one of the least active seasons since the middle of the 20th century”.
According to the Extended Range Forecast of Atlantic Seasonal Hurricane Activity and Landfall Strike Probability for 2015, the forecasters predict that 2015 will have only three hurricanes and seven named storms, with one of the three forecasted hurricanes expected to be major.
The probability of a less active season is being attributed to a relatively cool tropical Atlantic and El Nino, with forecasters saying one of moderate strength is likely to develop in the summer and fall. El Nino refers to warmer than average sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific which inhibits storm development in the Atlantic.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.