SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - With Hurricane Season 2016 less than two months away, folks along the Gulf Coast will begin to pay close attention to the tropics. This year's storm season could bring near-average activity, according to forecasters at Colorado State University.
CSU forecasters predict 12 named storms during this year's Atlantic hurricane season. Of those 12 storms, they predict five to become hurricanes and two to reach major hurricane strength.
This prediction is up from last year's below-normal prediction. Forecasters believe that a weakening El Niño pattern is to blame for the potential increase in hurricane activity.
Besides CSU, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) also puts out a hurricane season prediction each year. That forecast will be released in the coming weeks.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st to Nov. 30.