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NOAA predicts more hurricanes than usual in 2021

On Behalf of | Aug 11, 2021 | Natural Disasters

Texas is a state that many people are proud to call home. Unfortunately, this state is also one of many that deal with the threat of hurricanes throughout the year. With that in mind, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently released its predictions for what to expect regarding the Atlantic hurricane season in 2021.

NOAA’s hurricane predictions for 2021

In its mid-season update, NOAA expects there will be 15 to 21 named storms happening this year. For a storm to receive a name, it must cause wind speeds of 39 miles per hour or more. Of these 15 to 21 storms, experts expect seven to 10 of them to be hurricanes. It’s possible that three to five of these potential disasters will be major hurricanes. A major hurricane is either a Category 3, 4 or 5 hurricane that creates wind speeds of 111 miles per hour or more.

As of right now, the expert scientists from NOAA predict that there’s a 65% chance this year’s Atlantic hurricane season will be above average. The NOAA’s predictions come from research showing a potential return of La Nina. Other reasons for increased hurricane probabilities have to do with monsoons potentially developing in west Africa and reduced vertical wind shear throughout the Atlantic Ocean.

How can I prepare for the threat of upcoming hurricanes?

With it likely being an above-average year for hurricanes, it’s crucial for families in areas affected by these storms to start preparing now. It’s also vital to stay tuned to weather updates as these storms approach your vicinity.

In closing, experts predict that this year’s Atlantic hurricane season could cause several major hurricanes. Keep you and your family safe by being hurricane-ready as soon as possible.