(Reuters) - Colorado State University forecasters predicted on Wednesday an above average 2011 Atlantic hurricane season, with 16 named storms, nine of which were expected to turn into hurricanes.
Of these, five were expected to develop into major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher on the five-step Saffir/Simpson scale, the CSU team said in its latest forecast for the 2011 season lasting from June 1 to November 30.
The 2010 season, one of the most active in recent decades, experienced 19 named storms. Of those storms, 12 became hurricanes, five of them major.
The following are the latest predictions for 2011:
CSU (Colorado State University team led by William Gray and Philip Klotzbach) issued on April 6.
AccuWeather forecast issued March 30.
WSI (Andover, Massachusetts) issued December 21.
Compiled by the Miami Bureau; Editing by Lisa Shumaker