As the Atlantic Hurricane Season kicks off today, NOAA forecasts a near normal hurricane season this year. Current predictions estimate a range of 12 to 17 total named storms. Of those, 5 to 9 could become hurricanes, including 1 to 4 major hurricanes.
With higher than average ocean temperatures and expected El Nino developing this summer, predictions have varied considerably for the 2023 season. During the summer months, NOAA will begin a series of upgrades to it’s supercomputer. These upgrades will significantly upgrade its hurricane modeling. Upgrades will allow longer forecast ranges and the ability to predict flooding and worst-case scenarios to help communities prepare ahead of storms. For more information on these upgrades, visit noaa.gov.
While we hope for a quiet hurricane season, it is always good to prepare for whatever may come. Prepare today by visiting ready.gov or listo.gov for readiness resources. Get real time emergency alerts by downloading the FEMA App. Be prepared for Arlene, Whitney, and any storm in between!