CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The official forecast for Atlantic Hurricane Season calls for "approximately average activity," but that could mean a busier season than in 2015.
The forecast, released Thursday by Meteorologists Philip Klotzbach and William Gray of Colorado State University, calls for 12 named storms, five hurricanes and two major hurricanes.
A major hurricane is defined as a Category 3, 4 or 5 storm.
Of the 12 named storms, Klotzbach does not include Hurricane Alex, which formed in January.
The probability at least one major hurricane will make landfall somewhere on the U.S. coastline is 50 percent, according to the forecast.
The probability of at least one making landfall on the U.S. east coast including the Florida peninsula is 30 percent.
Both figures are within a point or two of the average percentage for the last century, the forecast states.
By comparison, the forecast for the 2015 Hurricane Season released in April of that year called for seven named storms, three hurricanes and only one major hurricane. However the season was more active than anticipated, and forecasters recorded 11 named storms, four hurricanes and two major hurricanes.
The most intense hurricane of 2015 was Hurricane Joaquin, which became the first Category 4 storm to impact the Bahamas in October since 1866 and was partially responsible for epic flooding experienced across South Carolina that month.
Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.
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