2018 Hurricane Forecast – GWO Prediction
The GWO (globalweatheroscillations.com) which perfectly predicted the 2017 hurricane season, considered by many the most accurate hurricane forecaster (87% accuracy since 2009), has released its 2018 Hurricane Forecast. GWO predicts 2018 to be a near repeat of 2017 – and possibly another record breaker. Although a similar forecast, hurricane landfalls may occur in different locations.
2018 Hurricane Forecast
16 named storms, 8 of them hurricanes, 4 of them major hurricanes, and a potential for 4 U.S. hurricane landfalls – 2 likely to be major storms. Up to 6 named storms may make U.S. landfalls. On average, the Atlantic Basin has 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 2.7 major hurricanes.
Current Water Temps
The reason for another aggressive hurricane season is that ocean water temperatures continue to run warmer than normal across most of the Atlantic Basin, especially in the Caribbean and the U.S. coast. This is very similar to last year, and will be conducive for tropical storms and/or hurricanes forming and strengthening close to the U.S. GWO expects the Bermuda-Azores High Pressure Center will again be in a favorable location, allowing more named storms to maintain strength, or to strengthen as they move across the Atlantic toward the U.S.