CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – So far there hasn’t been a lot of activity in the tropics this year but that could be changing.

NOAA is now forecasting a 60 percent chance of an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. They are now calling for 14 to 21 named storms, 6 to 11 hurricanes, and 2 to 5 major hurricanes.

The main reason for the increase is the record-warm sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic right now.

The 22News Storm Team will keep a close look at the tropics into the peak of the hurricane season over the next couple of months.

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Adam Strzempko is a meteorologist who has been a part of the 22News team since 1996. Follow the 22News Storm Team on X @22NewsStormTeam and view his bio to see more of his work.