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August 22, 2017

2017 Tropical Outlook: The Weather Company Bumps Up Tropical Atlantic Forecast Numbers because of Warmer Tropical Atlantic and Fast Start to Season

ANDOVER, Mass. (August 22, 2017) — In its fifth and final seasonal tropical forecast for the North Atlantic basin for the 2017 season, The Weather Company, an IBM Business, has increased its forecast numbers for the full season from 15/8/3 to 17 named storms, 9 hurricanes, and 4 of which are major hurricanes. These numbers include the 8 named storms and 2 hurricanes to date (as of August 22). The current forecast numbers are now higher than both 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, “We are already off to a fast start to the 2017 tropical season. As the positive ocean temperature anomalies in tropical Atlantic continue to increase and the model trends lean more towards La Nina conditions heading through the peak of the season, we have no choice but to raise our numbers further. There will likely be significant sub-seasonal fluctuations in activity levels, such that the peak of the season may be less active than normal but that both sides of the peak will be unusually active.”

The Weather Company provides customized weather information to global commodity traders via its industry-leading WSI Trader Web site. This is the last tropical outlook for the 2017 season.

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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 (business.weather.com), and its own digital products from The Weather Channel (weather.com) and Weather Underground (wunderground.com).

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 theweathercompany.com.

Media Contacts: Lea Armstrong, The Weather Company, lea.armstrong@weather.com