Hurricane season doesn’t officially begin until June 1, but we all know how that’s been going lately.
A pair of tropical storms – Arthur and Bertha – formed in mid and late May, respectively, last year to kick off what would become the busiest Atlantic Hurricane Season on record with 30 named cyclones.
Of those, six would become major storms of Category 3 or higher. Two would make landfall in Nicaragua as Cat 4 storms, doing so in the course of just eight days. Iota was the strongest storm, reaching Cat 5 with winds of 160 mph when it skirted the northern coast of South America before hitting Central America.
Colorado State University on April 2 released its 2021 forecast and predicted another above average season – it would be the sixth in a row if it holds true – with 17 named storms, eight hurricanes and four of those becoming major storms.
NOAA will release its forecast on May 20.
The two predictions tend to be very similar if not the exact same.
So, with everything else we’ve had going on to start this year, we’ve got another storm season ahead of us.
We’ll pump out some “what to do” and “what not to do” information when the first named storm forms.