Colorado State University is forecasting a "well-below average" upcoming hurricane season, according to its predictions released Thursday.
CSU experts predict there'll be seven named storms, three hurricanes and one major hurricane, which is classified with sustained winds of 111 miles per hour or greater.
Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.
“The tropical Atlantic has anomalously cooled over the past several months, and the chances of a moderate to strong El Niño event this summer and fall appear to be quite high,” said Phil Klotzbach, lead author of the report. “Historical data indicate fewer storms form in these conditions.”
CSU also predicted the likelihood of a major hurricane making landfall in the U.S:
-- 28 percent for the entire U.S. coastline (average for the last century is 52 percent)
-- 15 percent for the U.S. East Coast including the Florida peninsula (average for the last century is 31 percent)
-- 15 percent for the Gulf Coast from the Florida panhandle westward to Brownsville (average for the last century is 30 percent)