Hurricane Season Begins June 1

Data News Staff Edited Report

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has released its outlook for the 2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season, predicting a particularly active period. Forecasters anticipate between 17 and 25 named storms, with 8 to 13 of these becoming hurricanes and 4 to 7 reaching major hurricane status (Category 3 or higher). This prediction surpasses previous records, suggesting the 2024 season could be one of the most active on record. The probability of an above-normal season is set at 85%, largely due to unusually warm Atlantic waters and the expected transition to La Niña conditions, which tend to enhance hurricane activity​.

NOAA’s Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) index, which measures the combined intensity and duration of all storms, is projected to be between 150% and 245% of the median, further indicating a hyperactive season​ (NOAA Climate Prediction Center)​. In addition to the storm activity forecast, NOAA is implementing several new measures to improve hurricane preparedness and response. These include expanded Spanish-language advisories, new forecast models, and an enhanced forecast cone graphic that will depict inland threats more clearly​.

FEMA is also taking proactive steps to prepare for the season, emphasizing the importance of community preparedness and resilience. They are working closely with NOAA to ensure timely and effective communication of storm threats and recovery efforts​.

For more detailed information, visit NOAA’s Official Hurricane Season outlook and preparedness resources on their website.

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