For 34 years, Colorado State University has been forecasting tropical activity in the Atlantic basin.
In a report released Thursday, the university predicts 11 named Atlantic storms, of which four will strengthen to hurricane level and two will reach category three or higher.
Colorado State meteorologist Phil Klotzbach said that of the four predicted hurricanes, two should be major hurricanes - category 3, 4 or 5 - with sustained wind speeds of 111 miles per hour or greater.
Colorado State University released its 34th annual pre-season hurricane forecast on Thursday, almost two months before the official start of the season.
Even though Colorado State's forecast for this year calls for a less active season and below normal chances of a storm making landfall, Klotzbach said it's important for residents up and down the coast to keep their guard up.
Their outlook looks at several key factors, including sea surface temperatures, atmospheric pressure anomalies and the development of El Nino or La Nina in the Pacific Ocean.
"The tropical Atlantic has anomalously cooled over the past month and the far North Atlantic is relatively cold, potentially indicative of a negative phase of the Atlantic Multi-Decadal Oscillation", the CSU team said.
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The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season saw 15 named storms including the destructive Hurricane Matthew, according to AccuWeather.
Images following Hurricane Charley show the power of the Category 4 storm that hit Southwest Florida on August 13, 2004.
As the Spring severe weather season rolls on, we are already looking forward to the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season.
The 2017 hurricane season begins on June 1 and runs through November 30. Gray, a notable hurricane expert, continued to work on the reports until his death past year. The meteorology project's forecast suggests a 42 percent chance of that streak ending this year, and a 24 percent that a major hurricane strikes the East Coast.
However, the researchers noted that uncertainty has played a large role in their forecast this year.
Two to four tropical storms are forecast for the United States, forecasters said.