The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season is predicted to be more active than usual, according to an outlook released Thursday by NOAA's Climate Prediction Center. It will update the 2021 seasonal outlook in August prior to the historical peak of the Atlantic season. (MORE: 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season Names)A record 30 named storms formed in the 2020 hurricane season, 14 of which became hurricanes. La Niña has ended and NOAA's Climate Prediction Center noted that ENSO-neutral conditions (neither El Niño nor La Niña) will likely continue through the summer. "Our best estimate is that we will likely not have El Niño conditions for the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season," Klotzbach said.
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is out with their official Atlantic hurricane season outlook, and it calls for above average storm activity, which would make this the sixth unusually active season in a row. Why it matters: This hurricane season comes in the wake of the North Atlantic Basin's most active season on record, with 30 named storms occurring in 2020, 12 of which struck the U.S., setting a benchmark. By the numbers: NOAA is forecasting a 60% chance of an above average season, with a 70% probability of between 13 and 20 named storms. of La Niña are likely to linger into much of the first half of the hurricane season, and if another such event redevelops by the fall, the season could be even more active than currently anticipated. Other forecasting groups that issue seasonal outlooks have unanimously called for an above average season, though not as busy as 2020 was.YAHOO - NOAA says we’re in for another active hurricane season, with 6 to 10 hurricanes
The 2021 hurricane season looks like it’ll be another active one, NOAA says, but not quite as bad as last year. “We do not expect the 2021 hurricane season to be as active as 2020,” said Matthew Rosencrans, the hurricane season outlook lead at NOAA’s climate prediction center. Last year there were 30 named storms, 14 of which were hurricanes and a record-breaking 7 of which were major hurricanes. One of the most influential factors in whether a season is active or not is a phenomenon called El Niño-Southern Oscillation. Story continuesForecasts show another ‘well above average’ hurricane season is likely this yearBoth NOAA and CSU’s forecasts take into account the “new normal” for hurricanes.TECHNOLOGYREVIEW - The American West is bracing for a hot, dry and dangerous summer
In New Mexico, where half the state faces “exceptional drought” conditions, water districts are delaying allotments to farmers and urging them to simply not plant crops if possible. All told, nearly 85% of the West is suffering through drought conditions right now, according to US Drought Monitor. Almost half the region is now in an extreme or exceptional drought, following years of dry, hot conditions aggravated by climate change. The proximate cause of this year’s drought is a weak summer monsoon coupled with La Niña conditions that steered storms north. It just changes the game in so many different ways,” says Newsha Ajami, director of urban water policy at Stanford’s Water in the West initiative.