Sarasota’s Climate Adaptation Center predicts 14 named storms for 2023 hurricane season
The center says seven of the predicted 14 named storms will reach hurricane status with two or three major hurricanes making for a normal to slightly above normal season.
Sarasota's Climate Adaptation Center is forecasting 14 named storms for the 2023 hurricane season.
The center says seven of the predicted 14 named storms will reach hurricane status with two or three major hurricanes — that is, Category 3 or higher. The predictions means this season is expected to be normal or slightly busier.
Bob Bunting, CEO of the Climate Adaptation Center, says many factors contribute to forecasting hurricanes.
One of the predictors of potential storms is water temperature in the Gulf of Mexico.
"There's a current out there called the loop current and it’s already close to 80 degrees Fahrenheit,” Bunting said.
“Hurricanes form when waters are 76 or more so we're already at 80 and it’s just the beginning of April and, you know, the Gulf is going to get a lot warmer."
And while warm water is still a concern, Bunting says another predictor is more favorable when it comes to limiting the strength of hurricanes.
Most forecast models show weak El Niño conditions as the 2023 season progresses, meaning wind shear would impact a hurricane’s potential power.