2012 Atlantic hurricane season predictions increase

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - With two tropical storms under our belt already, researchers at Colorado State University have increased their predictions on the number of tropical storms and hurricanes expected in the Atlantic basin this year.

Thirteen storms are now forecast, of which five will become hurricanes.  Two of those storms are predicted to become major hurricanes ranked Category 3 or higher.

This is still in line with the National Hurricane Center's predictions of nine to fifteen named storms.

The original April forecast included ten storms and four hurricanes.

It's important to note that this is not a prediction for land-falling storms.  In 1992, Category 5 Hurricane Andrew was one of only six storms to form that year.

Hurricane season in the Atlantic runs from June 1 through November 30.