2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season Fast Facts
(CNN) -- Here is a look at what you need to know about the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season.
The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th.
The National Weather Service defines a hurricane as "an intense tropical weather system with well-defined circulation and sustained winds of 74 mph (64 knots) or higher."
Hurricanes are rated according to intensity on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale.
The 1-5 scale estimates potential property damage.
A Category 3 or higher is considered a major hurricane.
A hurricane watch indicates the possibility that a region could experience hurricane conditions within 36 hours.
A hurricane warning indicates that sustained winds of at least 74 mph are expected within 24 hours.
April 10, 2013 - Forecasters William Gray and Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University release their 2013 hurricane season prediction. They predict 18 named storms and nine hurricanes, four of them major.
2013 Atlantic Storm Names: