A “cold blob” of water in the North Atlantic could lead to more hurricanes this year, AccuWeather reports. It defines the cold blob as a large area of water with colder-than-normal temperatures at the sea’s surface. This one’s located east of Newfoundland and south of Greenland. “This area of colder water started to show up a few years ago and has become larger and more persistent during the past couple of years,”

Dan Kottlowski, AccuWeather Atlantic hurricane expert, explained. If ocean currents draw some of this cold water south into the warmer regions of the Atlantic, it could mean up to 14 hurricanes and tropical storms this year, two more than forecasters consider normal. Atlantic hurricanes have sometimes led to tremendous damage. FULL REPORT