The 2019 hurricane outlook has been released. The forecast calls for a mainly average hurricane season.
First, the outlook. Please reference the image above. This year we’re forecasting 9-15 named storms with 4-8 of those being hurricanes and the potential for 2-4 of those hurricanes being a major hurricane. A “major hurricane” is one that is a category three storm or higher.
A common question every year always seems to be centered around how we categorize hurricanes. Categorizing hurricanes is a bit different from how tornadoes are classified. A tornado is classified as EF0-EF5 after the tornado has happened because it’s based on the amount of damage that occurred. A hurricane’s category is determined before the storm hits because it’s based on wind speed. A major hurricane is one where winds are at least 111 mph (178.64 km/h).