Acrisure Re, the reinsurance division of top-10 global (re)insurance broker and fintech platform Acrisure, has announced the publication of its 2023 Pre-Season Hurricane Outlook report which forecasts a close to normal hurricane season, albeit with higher uncertainty than in most years due to both favorable and unfavorable conditions.
After six years of above average activity in the Atlantic basin, 2022 saw near normal to slightly below normal activity, despite the pre-season forecasts for an above average season and a record positive Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO) index in September. After three years of La Niña conditions in the Pacific, El Niño conditions are forecasted to return and potentially keep the Atlantic to a second near-normal season. It is possible we will see more activity in the eastern and central Atlantic this year, where storms that form generally recurve out to sea, with below normal activity in the western Atlantic and Caribbean due to stronger wind shear expected.
Acrisure Re’s analytics team examined the following key variables to create a qualitative overview of the likely conditions this summer:
Simon Hedley, CEO of Acrisure Re, said: “After an extended period of above average hurricane season predictions, it is somewhat relieving to see the conditions swaying back toward normal. However, uncertainty is higher than normal and a below or above average Hurricane season is still a possibility. Our expert and experienced analytics team will continue to monitor the models to ensure our brokers advise clients accordingly on property coverage.”
Ming Li, Global Head of Catastrophe Modelling, Acrisure Re, said: “Our statistical and dynamic models, as well as our review of key variables, suggest a near average hurricane season for 2023. However, despite the forecast, the hurricane season can be defined by one storm. There is a level of uncertainty given the competing nature of the predicted Atlantic and Pacific SST conditions, the rate of development of El Niño and the recent lack of forecast verification for Atlantic SSTs.”
You can access Acrisure Re’s 2023 Pre-Season Hurricane Outlook by clicking here.
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