Yesterday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a statement noting the 2021 hurricane season would be even busier than previously thought. The agency raised the probability of an above-average season from 60% to 65%, while also increasing the total number of possible storms. According to officials, there is a chance we could see upwards of 21 hurricanes this season.
As we noted earlier this year, this season’s forecast shows even more hurricanes than last season’s forecast. Of course, last year saw hurricane activity far exceed expectations; Colorado State University forecasted 16 storms, but more than 30 storms materialized. With that in mind, it’s possible we could see yet another historic year during the 2021 hurricane season.
At the start of this year’s hurricane season, Elsa, which formed in the eastern Caribbean, was the first hurricane to be named. Interestingly, when storms start off the hurricane season by forming in the eastern Caribbean, there tend to be more total hurricanes.
With more expected hurricanes to come, the supply chain will surely be affected, amplifying driver and fuel shortages as a result of road conditions. Storm season reaches its peak in mid-September, so be watching the weather over the next few weeks for signs of hurricane activity.