Extreme weather expert predicts below average hurricane season for 2019

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas - Meteorologist Trey Meynig wrapped up his coverage of the National Tropical weather conference in South Padre.

Trey was able to tour the Air Force Hurricane hunter plane and speak to the pilots that go on such daring missions.

The yearly much anticipated early forecast from Dr. Phil Klotzbach, from Colorado State University, was made during the conference. Dr. Klotzbach predicts a below average season with 13 named storms, five hurricanes and two major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher).

Dr. Klotzbach says a cool water temp Atlantic, Caribbean wind shear, and a pretty weak El Niño could create a possible below average season. However, all experts say it only takes one storm to be an active season for your area. So it pays to be prepared early. 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released 21 potential storm names for the 2019 Hurricane Season, which is set to begin on June 1.

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