Incredibly active start to hurricane season 2015


The eastern Pacific hurricane season 2015 runs from 15 May through 30 November, with the peak of the season being July-September.

Since late May, three hurricanes have formed in the basin, an incredibly active start to a hurricane season thanks to El Niño.

The outlooks for both the eastern and central Pacific hurricane regions called for a 70% chance of an above-normal season.

For the eastern Pacific, the predicted ranges of activity (with a 70% likelihood for each range) included 15-22 named storms, with 7-12 becoming hurricanes, of which 5-8 could be major hurricanes.

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Annual hurricane outlooks for the eastern Pacific hurricane season, the central Pacific hurricane season, and the Atlantic hurricane season. By NOAA

These ranges are centered well above the season averages of 15-16 named storms, 8 hurricanes, and 4 major hurricanes.

If the predicted upper bound of eight major hurricanes occurs, it would tie for the most recorded in the 1971-2014 observational record.

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