And so, after Earl shook up Belize in August of 2016, this early appearance of a storm, has understandably triggered anxiety across the land. But, don't be too alarmed, because according to the experts at the Weather Channel the 2017 hurricane season won't be as active as 2016. Their projections say it's going to be an average year, with a total of 12 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes. Other leading forecasts call for 11 storms.
Of course, these are just forecasts, and the experts admit, changing weather conditions such as El Nino could force them to increase the projected number of storms forecast.