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The Climate Adaptation Center (CAC) was the first major hurricane season forecast of the year, predicting a near-record hurricane season for Atlantic Basin in 2024. While additional forecasts from various weather organizations continue to get announced, they all seem to expect a lot of storms developing this year.

The official CAC forecast, originally published on April 4 at 10:50 am EDT, calls for a hurricane season that will bring nearly double the hurricanes that we saw last year.

2024 Hurricane Forecast was released on April 4 at 10:50 am EDT and it calls for a very active hurricane season.

The forecast calls for 24 named storms, 12 hurricanes, with 6 of those becoming major hurricanes (Cat 3 or higher).

The 2023 Hurricane Season was the 4th most active in history. That was during an El Niño and despite weeks of heavy dust from the Sahara desert blowing across the Hurricane Formation Area. This season will likely feature even warmer SSTs, a La Niña and abundant moisture—all factors that suggest a very active season.

Back in 2020 we experienced a record 30 named storms in one season. It is just mid April in 2024 and things are still somewhat in a state of flux, but a record season could happen.  Even if we stay in a very active zone, this is the season to be vigilant.

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The full 2024 hurricane season forecast

To learn more about why the this year is such a concerning season, you can read the entire forecast here. You can also watch all of our presentations from the 2024 Hurricane Season Forecast Day held on April 4, 2024 at the University of South Florida – Sarasota Manatee Campus here.

2024 Atlantic basin tropical cyclone names

Each year, there’s a list of 21 Atlantic Basin names that repeat every six years, unless one or more of them is so deadly and/or destructive that its name is retired.

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