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.
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A massive dead fin whale washed up on a Southern California beach this week. The adult female fin whale was found Wednesday evening washed up on Bolsa Chica State Beach in Orange County and will be taken to a landfill, California State Parks representative Kevin Pearsall told McClatchy News. Pearsall told McClatchy that the whale will be removed Friday morning and is the largest he’s seen this year and “probably the second-largest” of his career. The fin whale is the second-largest whale after the blue whale species and can grow up to 75 to 85 feet long, according to the NOAA. The fin whale is endangered and vessel strikes are one of the biggest threats to the animals, according to the NOAA.WEATHER - 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season Expected to Be Busier Than Average, NOAA Says
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.