NOAA says it expects another active hurricane season with 6 to 10 hurricanes

A satellite image of the Atlantic Ocean on August 24 including 3 active tropical cyclones (from left to right), Tropical Storm Jerry, Hurricane Iris, Hurricane Humberto and two tropical waves.

The 2021 hurricane season looks like it’s going to rebound, but not as bad as last year, according to NOAA.

These figures are higher than the ‘normal’ revised figures of 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes during a typical season.

There have been 30 named storms in the past year, of which 14 have been hurricanes and a record seven major hurricanes.

NOAA increased its estimate for the number of “normal” storms, given the significant increase in activity during the past few decades compared to the preceding stage of 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes.

Other pre-season projections, including one from Colorado State University, also suggested that a “well above average” season is coming.

NOAA said experts do not anticipate such an historic level of storm activity this year but emphasized that it is now time for people in coastal regions to prepare for it.

NOAA recalculates the monthly average number of storms in a given year from 30 years back, increasing the average number of named storms in a year from 12 to 14 this year.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts on June 1 and lasts until November 30.


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