The Atlantic basin is expected to see an above-normal hurricane season this year, according to the seasonal outlook issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center.
Across the entire Atlantic Basin for the six-month season, which runs June 1 through November 30, NOAA is predicting 12 to 18 named storms, of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or higher. Each of these ranges has a 70-percent likelihood, and indicates that activity will exceed the seasonal average of 11 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes.
Bill Enderle, senior estimator and director of preconstruction for Key Glass in Bradenton, Fla., isn’t expecting business to come knocking as a result of the dour forecast. “Business is really dictated by other things … because the forecast is generally wrong,” he says.
“Last year the forecast was off—but you never know,” adds Fred Gebauer, business development manager with Insulgard Security Products in Brunswick, Ohio. Right or wrong, the dubious forecast hardly seems to matter when it comes to demand for hurricane-resistant glazing products during this time of year.