Colorado State University (CSU) just updated the forecast for the 2018 hurricane season and downgraded the prediction to a slightly slower-than-average season. CSU predicts 11 named storms, four hurricanes and one major hurricane, below the average of 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes.
The reason? Water temperatures in the Atlantic are running slightly cooler than normal, and El Niño is expected to develop earlier this year by the end of summer. This phenomenon changes weather patterns across the world, causing a downward trend on tropical development. So far this season, we’ve had two hurricanes.