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NOAA’s Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook to be Released Thursday

With the start of the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season just over a week away, businesses must prepare now rather than later. On Thursday, May 23rd, federal forecasters will release their outlook, detailing the expected number of storms for this year. This is a reminder that hurricane season is fast approaching, and businesses should not wait to take action.

A Potentially Record-Breaking Season

Due to La Niña and record-warm Atlantic Ocean waters, an active hurricane season seems likely. This year’s outlook might predict the most storms ever. In 2010, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted a record “14 to 23 named storms.” The record for named storms in a season is 30, set in 2020. On average, a typical year sees about 14 tropical storms, seven of which become hurricanes, based on data from 1991 to 2020.

Other Predictions Indicate High Activity

Colorado State University’s hurricane forecasting team, led by Phil Klotzbach, has already predicted 23 total named storms and 11 hurricanes in its April forecast. This is the highest number of hurricanes ever predicted in an April forecast by Colorado State since 1995. The UK Met Office and the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts also predict an active season, calling for nine hurricanes between April and September.

The Importance of Preparedness

The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1 and runs through November 30. Most storm activity typically occurs from mid-August to mid-October. Businesses must prepare in advance to mitigate the risks associated with these powerful storms.

Why This Season Might Be Unusually Active

This season might be particularly active due to a combination of record-warm ocean water in the Atlantic and a potential La Niña climate pattern. Warm waters provide the necessary fuel for hurricanes and contribute to a more unstable atmosphere. La Niña, a phase in the cyclical pattern of water temperatures and winds along the equator in the Pacific Ocean, often leads to more active hurricane seasons.

Don’t Wait—Prepare Now

At WheelHouse IT, we understand the importance of preparing for hurricane season. Visit our storm resource page at for essential tips and resources to ensure your business is ready. Additionally, always get updated storm track information from official sources like the National Hurricane Center.

Currently, a disturbance in the Caribbean poses no threat to Florida. However, it reminds us that hurricane season is approaching quickly. Prepare today to ensure your business is ready to face any storm.

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