April 26, 2017

Tropical Outlook: After Relatively Active 2016, The Weather Company Predicts Quieter Tropical Season for 2017

ANDOVER, Mass. (April 26, 2017) — In its first seasonal tropical forecast for the North Atlantic basin in the 2017 season, The Weather Company, an IBM Business, expects 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and 2 major hurricanes. These numbers include Tropical Storm Arlene, which occurred last week. The forecast numbers are lower than both the 1950-2016 normals of 12/7/3 and the recent “active period” (1995-2016) normals of 15/8/3.

According to Dr. Todd Crawford, chief meteorologist at The Weather Company, “An initial examination of the various dynamical model forecasts and our proprietary statistical model forecasts suggest that this year will not be especially active, relative to long-term normals. North Atlantic ocean temperatures are cooler relative to recent years, and our expectations for a slow evolution towards El Nino conditions are also not especially conducive to an environment that would enable an active season. Dynamical model forecasts are also unusually bearish on the season.”

The Weather Company provides customized weather information to global commodity traders via its industry-leading WSI Trader Web site. The Weather Company will issue its next tropical outlook on 22 May.

The Weather Company, an IBM Business

The Weather Company, an IBM Business, helps people make informed decisions – and take action – in the face of weather. The company offers the most accurate, personalized and actionable weather data and insights to millions of consumers, as well as thousands of marketers and businesses via Weather’s API, its business solutions division, and its own digital products from The Weather Channel ( and Weather Underground (

The company delivers tens of billions of forecasts daily. Its products include a top weather app on all major mobile platforms globally, a network of 250,000 personal weather stations, a top-20 U.S. website, one of the world’s largest IoT data platforms, and industry-leading business solutions.

Weather Means Business™. The world’s biggest brands in aviation, energy, insurance, media and government rely on The Weather Company for data, technology platforms and services to help improve decision-making and respond to weather’s impact on business. For more, visit

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