2021 Hurricane Season: What to Expect
The Atlantic hurricane season is set to officially kick off June 1. Forecasters are once again predicting an active season, but how does it compare to last year’s historic level of storms?
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Climate Prediction Center is officially expecting a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season, and a 10% chance of a below-normal season. There will be a likely range of 13-20 named storms, 6-10 of which could become hurricanes.
These predictions are based on neutral El Nino conditions, along with the potential return of La Nina coming later in the season, which runs to Nov. 1.
Since last year’s busy hurricane season, NOAA has made several updates to improve forecasting this year, including:
Finally, the complete list of potential storm names has been released, so be prepared to hear more about Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny and Elsa in the coming months.