RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center
RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is saying the Atlantic hurricane season will be an active one.
NOAA’s outlook says there will be 14 to 21 named storms, of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes.
The forecast says three to six of those could be a major hurricane, meaning a category 3, 4, or 5.
Their forecast on the low end has about a near-normal year, while on the high end is comparable to the forecasts issued earlier from N.C. State and Colorado State.
“Early preparation and understanding your risk is key to being hurricane resilient and climate-ready,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo. “Throughout the hurricane season, NOAA experts will work around-the-clock to provide early and accurate forecasts and warnings that communities in the path of storms can depend on to stay informed.”
NOAA said multiple factors play into the increased activity in the Atlantic basin:
- Ongoing La Niña
- Warmer-than-average sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea
- Weaker tropical Atlantic trade winds
- Enhanced west African monsoon
Hurricane season runs June 1 through November 30.
Here’s the list of names for the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season: