Here we go again. Every year it seems there are forecasts for “greater than normal hurricane activity,” but as you know, that doesn’t necessarily mean that a tropical storm or a hurricane will head our way. Nevertheless, here is AccuWeather.com’s prediction from Paul Pastelok for the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season starting June 1 and ending November 30: A total of 15 named storms, with eight reaching hurricane strength, and three of those becoming major storms of Category 3 or above. No hurricane made landfall in the United States last year, so even one storm hitting our coast would make this season “more active” as far as we’re concerned. Meanwhile, two hurricane names have been “retired.” See below.
Hurricane Igor, September 13, 2010. The names “Igor” and “Tomas” have been retired and will not be used again due to the destruction they caused. In 2016, the next time those names would have been used, they have been replaced by “Ian” and “Tobias.”