NOAA’s Hurricane Outlook Calls For 6th Straight Above-Average Season

"Following the busiest hurricane year on record in 2020, the Atlantic could be busy once again"

"Just months after the conclusion of the busiest Atlantic hurricane season on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released its 2021 outlook, calling for another active season. The agency is the latest of several forecasting groups watching the upcoming hurricane season’s potential to overperform for the sixth year in a row.

It comes following the devastating 2020 season, which featured 30 named storms, tied the record set in 2005 with seven major hurricanes, and featured back-to-back Category 4 monsters in Nicaragua that lashed the same communities just two weeks apart. A record 11 tropical storms and hurricanes made landfall in the United States.

The announcement coincides with the gradual development of a system over the open Atlantic that is likely to soon earn the name Ana.

“If you’re in an evacuation zone, now is the time to ensure … you have a plan,” Ben Friedman, acting NOAA administrator, said in a call with reporters on Thursday."

Matthew Cappucci reports for the Washington Post May 20, 2021.


"Experts Predict Busy Atlantic Storm Season But Not Like 2020" (AP)

"U.S. Government Forecasts Above-Normal 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season" (Reuters)

"Scientists Predict an ‘Above Normal’ Atlantic Hurricane Season" (New York Times)

Source: Washington Post, 05/21/2021