JACKSON, Miss. – It’s quiet, but maybe too quiet on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Disturbance in the Gulf from tropical storms has been lacking so far this year, but some forecasters are saying the worst is on the way.
This year’s hurricane season is only about a quarter of the way over. According to forecaster Rob Lightblown, owner of Crown Weather services, he believes the “lid will come off” on tropical storm activity around Aug. 15 with “a flurry of activity between about Aug. 15 and Sept 20.”
The NOAA and other forecasters are predicting between 15 and 20 named storms and five to 10 hurricanes this year. On average, there are about six hurricanes a year according to the Climate Prediction Center.