Hurricane season begins - will it be another active one?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says in its yearly forecast that this year's hurricane season has a 60% chance of being more active than normal.

News 12 Staff

Jun 1, 2021, 6:59 PM

Updated 1,084 days ago

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June 1 marks the beginning of hurricane season, and it is predicted to be another active one.
Scientists point to a neutral El Nino phase in the Pacific Ocean, warmer water temperatures in the Atlantic and Caribbean, and an enhanced west African monsoon as factors for the above-average forecast.
The 2020 hurricane season was one for the ages. A whopping 30 named storms formed, exhausting the English alphabet and forcing the National Hurricane Center to dip into Greek letters for just the second time.
Likely spurred on by that, a secondary hurricane list was created for the 2021 and subsequent years, as the Greek letter names were found to be confusing.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says in its yearly forecast that this year's hurricane season has a 60% chance of being more active than normal. The organization predicts around 20 named storms.
Last July, Isaias triggered blackouts and closed roads across the state due to high winds. Norwalk city officials this week sent residents a friendly reminder and a home preparedness checklist in case of another major storm. Deputy Emergency Management Director Michele DeLuca spoke with News 12 about the importance of being prepared before the next big one hits.
For the seventh year in a row, the season will not be starting with a name that begins with an 'A'. Every year since 2015 has seen a tropical system occur before the official start of the season. Subtropical Storm Ana formed near Bermuda last month. The next tropical storm will be named Bob.


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