Tropical Storm Arlene becomes first named storm of 2023 hurricane season
What to watch: Arlene is expected to drift southeast and weaken toward Cuba over the weekend and is not expected to be a threat to land, according to the NHC.
Driving the news: NOAA estimated in late May there is a 40% chance that this year could see a near-average hurricane season and a 30% chance of a below or above-average season.
- The forecast called for 12 to 17 named storms, including 5 to 9 hurricanes and 1 to 4 major hurricanes.
A Colorado State University forecast released in late April predicted that fewer storms than average may occur this year, though it also stressed uncertainty given El Niño and a warm Atlantic.
- The CSU forecast called for 13 named storms, including six hurricanes and two major hurricanes, Axios' Jay Jordan writes.