, °F

Personalized Forecasts

Featured Forecast

My Favorite Forecasts

    My Recent Locations

    Joe Bastardi of AccuWeather.com Releases Early 2008 Hurricane Season Forecast

    April 25, 2008; 8:13 AM
    Share |

    Slightly More Storms than Average with Increased Chances for Landfalls in North America

    (State College, PA - April 25, 2008) - AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center meteorologists, led by Chief Long-Range and Hurricane Forecaster Joe Bastardi, have released an early hurricane season forecast for 2008. They believe the waning La Niña conditions and a continued warm water cycle in the Atlantic Basin will be the two defining factors influencing the 2008 hurricane season, causing the number of storms to be slightly above average but, more importantly, increasing the chance for U.S. landfalling storms.

    "The warming is not uniform across the entire Atlantic. In some areas where hurricanes normally form - the central and eastern tropical Atlantic - ocean water temperatures are near or below normal. This should limit the number of storms, so we do not expect a near record high number like in the 2005 season. However, considering other factors, the number of storms should be slightly higher than historical averages," said Bastardi. "The warmest waters relative to normal will be in the northern areas of the Atlantic, especially toward the North American continent. This could potentially increase the threat of major landfalls to the U.S. coast. In determining areas of elevated potential for landfall, we try to understand where the spread of storm tracks will center - but even within this spread, storms can "bunch," creating discrete areas of increased risk," Bastardi said. "Last season, the spread of the storms shifted southwest with one such bunch in the northern Caribbean. This year, early indications show that the spread will move north and east with a target closer to the Southeast U.S."

    Bastardi and the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center are looking at 1955, 1996, and 1999 as a few of the years showing similar weather characteristics to our current large-scale patterns. In 1955, Hurricanes Connie and Diane hit the Outer Banks and Carolina Beach in North Carolina. In 1996, Hurricanes Bertha and Fran made landfall in the Wilmington/Cape Fear area of North Carolina. During the 1999 hurricane season, Floyd and Dennis made landfall in September on the North Carolina coast. Bastardi will provide more details and insight at the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Summit on May 12, 2008 in Houston, TX. Attendees at the summit will include leaders in industries heavily impacted by tropical weather, Bastardi's AccuWeather.com EnergyPro® clients, and leading members of the press. To register for the summit, go to https://wwwl.accuweather.com/hurr_summit.htm.

    About AccuWeather.com

    AccuWeather, The World's Weather Authority®, presents accurate, localized, branded forecasts and severe weather bulletins to over 110 million Americans each day via the Internet, mobile devices and IPTV, through the airwaves, and in print. The 113 meteorologists at AccuWeather deliver a portfolio of customized products and services to media, business, government, and institutions, and inform millions of visitors worldwide through the free AccuWeather.com website. AccuWeather also provides content onto more than 20,000 third-party Internet sites, including CNN Interactive, ABC-owned and operated stations, The Washington Post and The New York Times. Visit www.accuweather.com for more information.

    • AccuWeather Adopts Remote Village in Puerto Rico, Set to Deliver Life-Saving Aid to Victims Hard Hit by Hurricanes

      10/14/2017 10:05:24 AM

      AccuWeather, the largest and fastest-growing source of weather forecasts and warnings with Superior Accuracy, has announced it is responding to the extraordinary 2017 hurricane season, with a companywide effort to help victims impacted by Hurricane Maria. The company has made arrangements to adopt the town of Patillas, Puerto Rico, a remote village located in the southern part of the island, as a focus for AccuWeather’s “Rays of Hope” community service initiative.

    • Barry Lee Myers nominated by White House to become NOAA Administrator

      10/12/2017 12:14:20 PM

      AccuWeather is pleased to announce that Barry Lee Myers, Chief Executive Officer and member of the AccuWeather Board of Directors, has been listed by President Trump, in an intent to nominate announcement, to serve as Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

    • AccuWeather Exceeds Record Milestone in Big Data Demand, Answering More than 30 Billion Requests Daily

      10/3/2017 2:14:04 PM

      AccuWeather, the world’s largest and fastest growing source of weather forecasts and warnings with Superior Accuracy as well as the global leader in digital media and big data, today announced a new data milestone of exceeding 30 billion data requests daily, demonstrating that a growing number of people and businesses around the world trust and rely on AccuWeather to save lives, reduce bodily harm, protect property and help them get more from their day.

    • AccuWeather Marks 55 Years of Saving Lives, Protecting Property with Unique Blend of Solid Science, Creativity

      9/29/2017 10:02:35 AM

      AccuWeather, the largest and fastest growing source of weather forecasts and warnings with Superior Accuracy worldwide and the global leader of digital media and big data, today announced it is celebrating 55 years of innovation and contributions to the advancement of commercial meteorology. The company held an anniversary celebration at its Global Weather Center headquarters in State College, Pennsylvania Thursday, which included the participation of elected officials, business leaders, members of the meteorological community, AccuWeather staff, and other distinguished guests.

    • AccuWeather Scores with First-Ever NFL Quarter-by-Quarter Forecasts

      9/28/2017 1:22:46 PM

      Extreme football fans, take note. AccuWeather, the world’s largest and fastest growing source of weather forecasts and warnings with Superior Accuracy, as well as the global leader in digital media and big data, today announced it is kicking the pro and college football seasons into high gear by introducing the first-ever quarter-by-quarter football forecasts to be published weekly in the news menu section of its AccuWeather.com website.

    • AccuWeather and Federal Signal Corporation Create New Technology Licensing Agreement

      9/14/2017 12:55:41 PM

      AccuWeather, Inc., the global leader in weather information and digital media, today announced that Federal Signal Corporation (NYSE: FSS) has signed a patent licensing agreement that gives Federal Signal the right to use nine (9) of AccuWeather’s unique technology patents. AccuWeather has developed exclusive patented technologies to provide map-based weather alerting and polygon activation technologies through Federal Signal’s CommanderOne platform. The integration enhances community safety by providing real-time NOAA weather alerts to Federal Signal’s CommanderOne platform throughout the United States and Canada.

    • Largest, Most Comprehensive Forecast Study Confirms AccuWeather's Superior Accuracy with #1 Ranking

      9/5/2017 1:20:22 PM

      In the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of forecast accuracy, AccuWeather was overwhelmingly confirmed as the most accurate source of weather forecasts and warnings in the U.S. and everywhere in the world. The independent analysis of 30 million weather forecasts by industry tracker ForecastWatch concluded that AccuWeather had the highest level of forecast accuracy in forecasts of temperature, precipitation and wind.

    • AccuWeather iOS App Updated

      8/23/2017 3:59:03 PM

      AccuWeather is dedicated to providing the best weather forecasts available with Superior Accuracy in a way that is seamless and secure. We are pleased to launch this update to address issues surrounding the Reveal Mobile SDK, which has now been removed.

    • AccuWeather and Reveal Mobile Joint Statement About iOS App

      8/22/2017 5:33:33 PM

      Despite stories to the contrary from sources not connected to the actual information, if a user opts out of location tracking on AccuWeather, no GPS coordinates are collected or passed without further opt-in permission from the user. Other data, such as Wi-Fi network information that is not user information, was for a short period available on the Reveal SDK, but was unused by AccuWeather. In fact, AccuWeather was unaware the data was available to it. Accordingly, at no point was the data used by AccuWeather for any purpose. AccuWeather and Reveal Mobile are committed to following the standards and best practices of the industry. We also recognize this is a quickly evolving field and what is best practice one day may change the next. Accordingly, we work to update our practices regularly.

    Joe Bastardi of AccuWeather.com Releases Early 2008 Hurricane Season Forecast

    By pressrelease
    October 06, 2010, 6:17:09 AM EDT

    Slightly More Storms than Average with Increased Chances for Landfalls in North America

    (State College, PA - April 25, 2008) - AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center meteorologists, led by Chief Long-Range and Hurricane Forecaster Joe Bastardi, have released an early hurricane season forecast for 2008. They believe the waning La Niña conditions and a continued warm water cycle in the Atlantic Basin will be the two defining factors influencing the 2008 hurricane season, causing the number of storms to be slightly above average but, more importantly, increasing the chance for U.S. landfalling storms.

    "The warming is not uniform across the entire Atlantic. In some areas where hurricanes normally form - the central and eastern tropical Atlantic - ocean water temperatures are near or below normal. This should limit the number of storms, so we do not expect a near record high number like in the 2005 season. However, considering other factors, the number of storms should be slightly higher than historical averages," said Bastardi. "The warmest waters relative to normal will be in the northern areas of the Atlantic, especially toward the North American continent. This could potentially increase the threat of major landfalls to the U.S. coast. In determining areas of elevated potential for landfall, we try to understand where the spread of storm tracks will center - but even within this spread, storms can "bunch," creating discrete areas of increased risk," Bastardi said. "Last season, the spread of the storms shifted southwest with one such bunch in the northern Caribbean. This year, early indications show that the spread will move north and east with a target closer to the Southeast U.S."

    Bastardi and the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center are looking at 1955, 1996, and 1999 as a few of the years showing similar weather characteristics to our current large-scale patterns. In 1955, Hurricanes Connie and Diane hit the Outer Banks and Carolina Beach in North Carolina. In 1996, Hurricanes Bertha and Fran made landfall in the Wilmington/Cape Fear area of North Carolina. During the 1999 hurricane season, Floyd and Dennis made landfall in September on the North Carolina coast. Bastardi will provide more details and insight at the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Summit on May 12, 2008 in Houston, TX. Attendees at the summit will include leaders in industries heavily impacted by tropical weather, Bastardi's AccuWeather.com EnergyPro® clients, and leading members of the press. To register for the summit, go to https://wwwl.accuweather.com/hurr_summit.htm.

    About AccuWeather.com

    AccuWeather, The World's Weather Authority®, presents accurate, localized, branded forecasts and severe weather bulletins to over 110 million Americans each day via the Internet, mobile devices and IPTV, through the airwaves, and in print. The 113 meteorologists at AccuWeather deliver a portfolio of customized products and services to media, business, government, and institutions, and inform millions of visitors worldwide through the free AccuWeather.com website. AccuWeather also provides content onto more than 20,000 third-party Internet sites, including CNN Interactive, ABC-owned and operated stations, The Washington Post and The New York Times. Visit www.accuweather.com for more information.

    Report a Typo

    Comments

    Comments that don't add to the conversation may be automatically or manually removed by Facebook or AccuWeather. Profanity, personal attacks, and spam will not be tolerated.