Hurricane season began June 1, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an above-average Atlantic season for the seventh consecutive year.
Here’s everything you need to know to be prepared for the weeks to come.
What’s the forecast for hurricane season?
The hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. With 70% confidence, NOAA is forecasting a range of 14 to 21 named storms. Six to 10 of those could become hurricanes, including three to six category 3, 4 or 5 hurricanes.
This increase of activity is largely attributed to an ongoing La Niña, warmer-than-average sea surface temperatures, weaker tropical Atlantic trade winds and an enhanced west African monsoon. The enhanced west African monsoon supports stronger African Easterly waves, which cause many of the strongest hurricanes during most seasons, according to NOAA.
The 2021 Atlantic tropical cyclone names selected by the World Meteorological Organization include: Alex, Bonnie, Clin, Danielle, Earl, Fiona, Gaston, Hermine, Ian, Julia, Karl, Lisa, Martin, Nicole, Owen, Paula, Richard, Shary, Tobia, Virginie, Walter.
“Early preparation and understanding your risk is key to being hurricane resilient and climate-ready,” NOAA Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo said. “Throughout the hurricane season, NOAA experts will work around the clock to provide early and accurate forecasts and warnings that communities in the path of storms can depend on to stay informed.”
Here’s the Caller-Times 2022 Hurricane Guide
Take a look at this guide to how to get prepared, track storms, and what to do if a hurricane makes landfall in South Texas.
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