Active Hurricane Season Ahead, NOAA Warns

Possibility of 13 to 19 named storms this summer, they say.

The official start of the hurricane season will begin next week. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is warning of a very active season to come.

“NOAA’s analysis of current and seasonal atmospheric conditions reveals a recipe for an active Atlantic hurricane season this year,” said Dr. Neil Jacobs, acting NOAA administrator.

The forecast from their Climate Prediction Center calls for a 60 percent chance of 13 to 19 named storms. Normal is 12.  A storm qualifies for a name when maximum sustained winds surpass 38 mph; a hurricane has winds of greater than 73 mph; and a major hurricane has winds of greater than 110 mph.

The first named storm, Tropical Storm Arthur, brought strong rip currents and offshore swells to Florida this past week before it marched northward spreading rain and wind into North Carolina’s Outer Banks. It then proceeded eastward into the Atlantic.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For residents of the U.S. living in areas that are hurricane-prone to be prepared and watchful this hurricane season.
  • For the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and first responders who will be deployed in the event of catastrophic storms.

Sources: NOAA, CBS News, Sun Sentinel


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