The 2020 hurricane season was much like the rest of the year – one for the books. Last year, there were a historic number of 30 major storms, breaking the record of 28 storms in 2005. And 2021 seems to be following suit as meteorologists have begun preparing for what looks like another eventful hurricane season.
Preliminary forecasts indicate that we could be in for another overly active hurricane season, predicting as many as 14 to 17 tropical storms, nine to 11 hurricanes, and four to five major hurricanes in 2021.
The official start of hurricane season is June 1. However, recent history shows that major storms are starting to hit the region earlier in the year. Last year, tropical storms Arthur and Bertha formed in late May, making 2020 the sixth consecutive season of major storms to form prior to the official start of hurricane season.
While this increasing tendency for early-season storms has sparked discussion to move the beginning of storm season to May 15, it is unlikely that the official date will change this year. But if last year’s storm season and this year’s winter storm has taught us anything, it is to be prepared!
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