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Weather experts predict "average" hurricane season

MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) Hurricane season is less than two months away. Today Colorado State University released its predictions for the upcoming season.

We all know that mother nature is a force to be reckoned with so we never let our guard down. In the past few years we have been lucky along the Gulf Coast and as luck would have it CSU weather experts are predicting an "average" hurricane season.

For those of us who know when it comes to hurricanes it's not a matter of "if" but "when." Still every year in April we get a prediction from those who study climate patterns at Colorado State University.

"I basically do pattern correlations so I basically run a program that does pattern correlations so I see which years come best out of that." said Phil Klotzbach a Research Scientist with CSU.

This year's CSU's prediction amounts to a near average hurricane season. The CSU Tropical Meteorology Project team is predicting 12 named storms during the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which runs from June 1 to November 30.

Of those, researchers expect five to become hurricanes and two to reach major hurricane strength.

"What those numbers show are how many storms are how many storms are expected to form in the Atlantic Basin, not necessarily if any of them will affect anyone on land. But remember, all it takes is one," said Local 15 Chief Meteorologist Chris Dunn.

According to CSU researchers the 2016 hurricane season is exhibiting characteristics similar to past years including 1992.

"And of course in 92 we had Andrew which didn't form until August and that year ended up being a below average year," said Dunn.

This is just one hurricane season prediction. The official government forecast comes out next month, right before hurricane season starts June 1st.

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