A photo of dark, ominous storm clouds. In addition to ENSO, the report states, sea surface temperature also plays a part in how storms form, and with sea temperatures in the North Atlantic expected to be average or higher, it creates an environment more conducive to storm development. (Credit: Sabphoto/Shutterstock)

Munich Re has joined the growing number of entities predicting an active 2022 hurricane season. According to their analysis, they expect as many as 18 named cyclones to hit the tropical North Atlantic this season. Eight of those storms, they predict, could become hurricanes, with four possible major hurricanes with wind speeds over 110 mph.

When it comes to the Northwest Pacific, Munich Re’s predictions veer in the opposite direction. They expect the naturally occurring El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) to influence this year’s typhoon season in such a way that could create a storm season in the Northwest Pacific with below-average activity.

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