Climate Scientists Make 2019 Predictions
In 2018, Michael became the first category 5 hurricane to strike the Florida panhandle, causing roughly $25.1 billion in damages and 74 deaths. With damaging storms occurring more frequently, we need to prepare for 2019’s hurricane season, beginning June 1st.
The latest predictions from the world’s top climate and weather scientists suggest an average to slightly above-average season with 12-16 named storms, 5-7 hurricanes and 2-3 major hurricanes.
Expert Weather Predictions
Global Weather Oscillations
Global Weather Oscillations predicts 2 major-impact hurricanes, in a slightly above-average season. In total, you can expect 13 named storms and 6 hurricanes.
Colorado State University
Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Science tracks tropical meteorology and makes bi-weekly forecasts during the Atlantic hurricane season from August-October. In their qualitative forecast of 2019, they predict a slightly below-normal activity for the upcoming season, due in part to an existing weak El Nino event.
Tropical Storm Risk
UK-based climate scientists at Tropical Storm Risk predict a slightly below-normal hurricane season with an 82 ACE Index or 12 named storms, 5 hurricanes and 2 major hurricanes.
Climate Forecast Applications Network
Climate Forecast Applications Network’s prediction is an ACE total of 125, 7 hurricanes and 2 US landfalls. An “above normal” season has an ACE index above 111. An extremely active ACE index is above 152.
Prepare for Hurricane Season
In order to be properly prepared for the 2019 hurricane season, you need to make sure that your life and property are covered. Florida Farm Bureau insurance agents can help you get the coverage you need. We can speak with you about:
- Homeowners Insurance
- Flood Insurance
- Life Insurance
Don’t be unprepared when the next storm hits – find a local Florida Farm Bureau insurance agent who can help.