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The Atlantic hurricane season has arrived

Ready or not, the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season is here. NOAA has released a forecast with the highest number of storms ever for its May forecasts.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1 and runs through November 30. The National Hurricane Center chose this six-month period because it is approx 97% of all Atlantic tropical storms and hurricanesThis was reported by NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division.

April actually welcomed the first tropical disturbance. While an early disturbance does not indicate an extremely active hurricane season, expert forecasts do. NOAA’s forecast shows an above-average season with 17-25 named storms, 8-13 hurricanes and 4-7 major hurricanes. Other forecasters agree.

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“The two reasons for an aggressive forecast are: 1. The extremely warm tropical Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, and 2. The expectation that a La Nina will develop in the Pacific Ocean in the heart of hurricane season,” wrote FOX Weather Hurricane Specialist Bryan Norcross. “A La Niña typically produces an upper-level wind regime over the Atlantic Ocean that is relatively conducive to storm development.”

Norcross said Atlantic water temperatures and El Nino/La Nina state explain 70-80% of the tropical activity during the season.

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“What’s interesting here is that there are 21 names on the list. Not every letter of the alphabet has a name that corresponds to it. So there are 21,” said FOX Weather Meteorologist Ian Oliver. “But the consensus among all hurricane forecasting agencies is 24 storms. So we may see the debut of that new additional list this year.”

Until 2021, forecasters used Greek letters to name excess storms. That only happened twice. In 2021, the World Meteorological Organization, which maintains the list of names used during hurricane season, developed a list of spillover names.

Alberto will be the first tropical storm or hurricane name during the 2024 season. When we reach William, the additional list of names will be used, and it will start with Adria.

What are hurricanes called?

The list of Atlantic hurricane names for 2024.
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The additional list of Atlantic storm names for 2024.
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“The average peak of the season comes later in the summer, August, September and continues into October,” said FOX Weather meteorologist Jane Minar.

While this doesn’t necessarily mean an aggressive start to hurricane season, sea surface temperatures now resemble those typically observed in August.

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“If you have a basin that is more like peak season, does it behave like peak season because of the heat we have?” Oliver said. “And again, as you’ve indicated in the coming months, that transition into La Niña.”

“So there are a few question marks. We’re looking at June, looking for homegrown storms (in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean),” Minar said. “But usually at the end of the month we see the first named storm.”

Kevin Guthire of the Florida Department of Emergency Management urged everyone to prepare now. He said don’t worry about the number of expected storms, just prepare the same way.

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“So we have five basic things we’re asking people to do in a potentially supercharged season. What we want people to do is be ready for theirs. Don’t worry about how many we’ll have,” Guthire says. told FOX Weather. “We, the state of emergency, are preparing for … a total of six storms. We don’t want six storms to hit Florida, but that’s what we’re preparing for.”

Guthrie offered these five rules for hurricane preparation:

  1. Put together a plan.
  2. Build your evacuation/emergency kit.
  3. Know your home and know your zone. Know what wind force your house can withstand. Guthrie said Florida building codes changed in 2004. Know the elevation of your home and the flood zone. Know your evacuation zone.
  4. Make sure the car is always half full of petrol. This prevents a run on gas stations.
  5. If you evacuate, don’t evacuate too much. Leave when ordered and drive tens of miles, not hundreds of miles. This helps keep the roads clear for first responders.

The FOX Weather app is a convenient way to keep an eye on the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season. You’ll receive alerts about the season, track storms as they happen, and get tips to help you prepare.

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