If I were an avid hunter in Florida, I’d wish hurricane season meant you could buy a license, track them down and shoot them. Ah, not the case.
Just as tornado season winds down, in blows hurricane season. June 1st marks the start of the Atlantic hurricane season (May 15th in the Pacific) and both seasons run through November 30th. That’s a long time to cringe waiting for a big blow-hard to come barreling in on your town.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center has issued its outlook for the upcoming Atlantic season, characterizing it as “above normal” with the following range of predictions:
- 12 to 18 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which:
- 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including:
- 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher)
Each of these ranges has a 70 percent likelihood. The seasonal averages are 11 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes.
Hold onto your roofs. With the extreme tornadoes still in our memories, extreme hurricane season is upon us.