The Colorado hurricane forecasters say that the 2013 season will be more active than normal.
The forecasting team at Colorado State University predicts 18 named storms, nine of which will be hurricanes. Of the hurricanes they see two major ones.
The higher activity than the 1981 to 2010 average is due to warmer ocean surface temperatures and the lack of an El Niño condition, said the forecast.
Last season was similar and saw two major hurricanes, 19 named storms and 10 hurricanes. Many dissipated in the open Atlantic.
The forecast is important to Costa Rica, because the country feels the backlash of strong storms even if the actual hurricane does not enter the country.
The researchers are Philip J. Klotzbach and William M. Gray. Gray has been making fairly accurate predictions for 29 years.
The Pacific hurricane season begins May 15, and the Atlantic season begins June 1. Both end Nov. 30. However, it is not unusual for a storm to ignore the calendar and develop before the official start.