A predicted stormy season: NOAA’s 12-month forecast for this year puts 8-11 named storms, 4-8 hurricanes

After six years without a landfalling hurricane, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, Florida have predicted an above-average hurricane season for the United States for the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The…

A predicted stormy season: NOAA's 12-month forecast for this year puts 8-11 named storms, 4-8 hurricanes

After six years without a landfalling hurricane, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, Florida have predicted an above-average hurricane season for the United States for the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The Forecasted Outlook calls for 10 to 15 named storms, including four to eight hurricanes, three to six of which are likely to be major hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or higher. Tropical storm watches and warnings could be issued for the Mid-Atlantic and southeastern United States, according to the NHC.

NHC spokesperson Dennis Feltgen explained the reason behind the forecasted list of names:

“The names we are most likely to use are Ivan, Mike, Jeanne, Frances, Georges, Jeanne, Gilbert, Andrew, Floyd, Katrina, Wilma, Rita, Katrina, Rita, Katrina, and Wilma,” said Feltgen. “If our criteria is met for one to three names during the season, that will be the name list for the season. If we hit the six names, then the lists will change.”

In response to the agency’s prediction, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he was “greatly encouraged.”

The “time for limited worry is over,” said DeSantis. “Florida is back and I believe we will have an abundant hurricane season.”

The forecasts come at the beginning of a weeklong period in which forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) along with state officials will be holding community meetings in various parts of the country to inform the public about the threat and requirements of Hurricane Irma recovery.

“The rain that came down during the season was just, just, too much,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott said of the 2017 Hurricane season. “By the time this is over, we’re going to have 50 million gallons of water that we can’t drink and 40 million gallons of water that we can’t drink that was just a horrible legacy of the hurricane. This was the most expensive storm in the history of the state of Florida, and it was a huge disaster and we’re going to do everything we can to make sure it never happens again.”

Hurricane season officially runs from June 1 to November 30. In recent years, a small percent of the tropical system’s names have been retired due to naming rights not being available. In fact, this year is the first time in several years no names have been retired due to the impending season.

–Written by Tiara Ellis for Fox News

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