Florida Hurricane Season 2021
Last year’s hurricane season was undoubtedly an unforgettable one, mainly since it’s the fifth season in a row to have above-normal activity, experiencing 13 hurricanes out of 30 storms in total.
Unfortunately, it seems like residents need to brace themselves this year as well, with various institutions predicting another year filled with above-normal activity in their latest hurricane forecast.
As a result, in many states, like Florida, preparations are underway to ensure everyone remains safe and sound even if the hurricanes hit their homes.
With that said, what should you know about the Florida hurricane season this year?
When Is Hurricane Season in Florida?
So, when does hurricane season start, and when does it end? The Atlantic hurricane season is considered as beginning on June 1 and ending on November 30. However, this is just an estimate as the hurricanes can come in earlier than.
For example, in 2020, the hurricane season months started a little earlier, with the first storm arriving on May 16. Despite this early start, the beginning of hurricane season is still considered as June 1.
Aside from this, it usually experiences a peak in the months of August and September due to the warmer waters present in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic. These warmer waters contribute to the development of tropical waves, a significant factor in creating hurricanes.
Moreover, each season typically has around 12 storms on average. However, only six of these 12 tropical storms are usually intense enough to be classified as hurricanes. In 2020, there were around 30 storms in total, with 13 of them being classified as hurricanes.
Hurricane Season 2021
What do the hurricane season 2021 predictions say? This year, the hurricane season in Florida is expected to have around 16 to 20 storms, with approximately 7 to 10 of them potentially becoming hurricanes. However, only about 3 to 5 of them will most likely hit the US.
In addition, the names for the hurricanes this year have already been determined by the World Meteorological Organization, coming up with 21 names in total. Still, if this season is anything like last year’s, they might end up going through the entire list before it’s over.
However, unlike last year, the organization won’t use names with the Greek alphabet if they go through the list. In fact, they have prepared another 21 names to be used for the subsequent hurricanes coming to Florida.
Aside from this, standard preparations are being made to mitigate the effects of this year’s hurricane season. These include identifying the risk factors of your location, coming up with an evacuation plan, gathering disaster supplies, and others.
Moreover, this year’s preparations for hurricane season in Florida are still considering the restrictions posed by the global pandemic, including how shelters will manage the situation should residents need to evacuate.
For example, in some areas like Miami-Dade County, they will be screening evacuees for symptoms and potential exposure to the virus. In addition, evacuees will be asked to wear their masks the entire time to prevent the spread of the virus.
With hurricane forecasts predicting another turbulent season this year, residents are encouraged to make the necessary preparations to ensure their safety and prevent casualties like what the country experienced with hurricane Laura.