CSU's 2021 hurricane forecast predicts above-average year
DENVER — Colorado State University (CSU) has released its Forecast for 2021 Hurricane Activity.
Based on satellite data and ocean temperatures, researchers are predicting an above-average year with 17 named storms, eight hurricanes and four major hurricanes.
“Its not a huge leap here. We're not coming out and calling for last season to repeat itself, but what we are saying is the signals are there that this could be an active season, and it never hurts to have your guard up, maybe, a little higher," said Alex DesRosiers, a CSU research assistant.
According to Chief Meteorologist Mike Nelson, one of the key ingredients for tropical storm activity and hurricanes is the sea surface temperatures this time of year — they're still quite cool down across the Gulf of Mexico and out where the Gulf Stream is off the coast of the United States.
But that very warm water is one of the key things the CSU researchers look at to forecast how much activity we'll have. It looks like there will be a lot of warm water out there as …
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