QUINCY (WGEM) -- If you are planning a tropical vacation or have relatives along the coast you may want to pay attention to the hurricane forecast.
That is because the first forecast for the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season has been announced from Colorado State University.
Forecasters are expecting another above average season. They are predicting 17 named storms, 8 hurricanes and 4 major hurricanes.
This is compared to the 1991-2020 average of 14 named storms, 7 hurricanes and 2 major hurricanes.
The university also predicts an above average chance of a major hurricane striking the United States.
Last hurricane season was unprecedented in its activity, having 30 named storms, 13 hurricanes and 6 major hurricanes.
Several of these storms hit the United States causing lots of damage in places like Louisiana. Last year was also one of only two seasons (the other being 2005) where the Greek alphabet was used because the naming list ran out.
The World Meteorological Organization announced earlier this year that they would discontinue the use of the Greek alphabet and instead use an alternative naming list.
While hurricanes are not a main threat for the Tri-States, they can still have an impact.
Certain storms which impact the gulf coast can impact the Tri-States with their remnants bringing showers and winds.
There are some other indirect effects also. Hurricanes in the Gulf can drive up gas prices across the United States.
Hurricanes in other areas can effect shipping lanes which can drive up prices of certain goods.
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