Experts Predict Another Above-Average 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season

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Colorado State University hurricane researchers predict an above-average Atlantic Hurricane Season for 2021, citing the likely absence of El Niño as the leading cause. 

This comes after 2020 broke the record for the most named storms in one season. If researchers are right, it’s set to become the sixth-consecutive season with above-average activity.

Tomorrow.io’s Chief Scientist Daniel Rothenberg said, “Who knows if we’ll set another record, but there’s reason to expect it’ll be an active season again.”

CSU Tropical Meteorology Project Team predicts 17 named storms during the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. Researches expect eight of the 17 storms to become hurricanes and four to reach major hurricane strength. 

So far, researchers said the 2021 hurricane season has similar characteristics to 1996, 2001, 2008, 2011, and 2017. 

“The key take-home for anyone in the public, especially anyone who lives on the Atlantic Coast or the Gulf Coast, should be that this is again one of those seasons where it’s important to be hurricane-prepared. Make sure you know your evacuation plans,” Rothenberg said. 

Taking proper precautions doesn’t only apply to individuals, though. 

“Businesses should understand and have their hurricane and tropical weather contingencies in place, just in case one of those hurricanes impacts their local area,” Rothenberg added. 

The CSU team will issue forecast updates on June 3, July 8, and Aug. 5. Stay ahead of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season with Tomorrow.io.