July 24, 2017

2017 Tropical Outlook: The Weather Company Continues to Expect Active Atlantic Tropical Season

ANDOVER, Mass. (July 24, 2017) — In its fourth seasonal tropical forecast for the North Atlantic basin for the 2017 season, The Weather Company, an IBM Business , continues to expect a total of 15 named storms, 8 hurricanes, and 3 of which are major hurricanes. These numbers include the four tropical storms to date. This forecast represents no change from the forecast issued in June. The current forecast numbers are higher than the long-term 1950-2016 normals of 12/7/3 but match the recent “active period” (1995-2016) normals of 15/8/3.

According to Dr. Todd Crawford, chief meteorologist at The Weather Company, “Unusually warm tropical Atlantic waters and higher-than-normal early activity in the main development region both suggest an active season lies ahead. On the other hand, some recent model trends suggest a slightly less favorable large-scale atmospheric environment, so we have not increased our forecast numbers further in this update.”

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 Aug. 22.


The Weather Company, an IBM Business

The Weather Company helps people make informed decisions and take action in the face of weather. The company offers the most accurate forecasts globally with 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 around 25 billion forecasts daily. Its products include the world’s most downloaded weather app, 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

Media Contacts: Lea Armstrong, The Weather Company,