- Named storms (Winds >39 mph): 17
- Hurricanes (Winds >74 mph): 9
- Major Hurricanes (Winds >115 mph): 5
In addition, WSI claims there is a "significant threat" to the U.S. Gulf Coast. If the forecast were to come to fruition, then it would constitute an extremely active season. An average season sees around 10 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and 2 major hurricanes. Two reasons can are stated for the active season: reduced shear and above average sea surface temperatures, across the Atlantic Basin. The 2010 season saw 19 total named storms, 12 hurricanes, and 5 major hurricanes.
2011 Hurricane NamesArlene