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2016 Florida Hurricane Season Forecast & Storm Names

by Brooke Gold Hasson | May 13, 2016

Hurricane Alex 2016 Satellite MapHurricane Alex shattered records in early 2016 when it became the first hurricane to form in the month of January since 1938.

Was Hurricane Alex a sign that the tides are turning in 2016? Will Florida’s lucky hurricane-free streak finally run out?

The nation’s top hurricane tracking experts predict the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season will be the most active since 2012.

Colorado State University forecasts  12 named storms, including 2 major hurricanes among the 5 total hurricanes, while Global Weather Oscillations (GWO) projects 17 named storms, including 9 hurricanes with 4 major hurricanes (excludes Hurricane Alex). 

2016 Hurricane Forecast Table

Remember that it only takes a single hurricane to cause extensive damage and make it a bad hurricane season for YOU. That’s why it’s smart to prepare for every hurricane season, regardless of how much activity is predicted.


Goodbye El Niño… Hello La Niña?

A strong El Niño helped protect Florida last hurricane season. But as it continues to weaken, hurricane experts are already considering how the onset of La Niña will impact the Sunshine State. La Niña is expected to arrive by late fall, and possibly in the middle of the 2016 hurricane season.

According to The Weather Channel, this shift could cause the early part of the hurricane season to be less active while the second half of the season may be more active. WeatherUnderground meteorologist and blogger Bob Henderson noted, "The closer we are to La Niña, the more favorable it is for hurricanes to develop in the Atlantic."

2016 Storm Names Table

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