The Strategist

Researchers: Atlantic hurricane season 2024 could be the most active in history

06/03/2024 - 03:26

The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's meteorologists issued a warning on the official start of hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean, predicting higher-than-normal storm activity this year.

NOAA Satellites via flickr
NOAA Satellites via flickr
The office posted a statement, "The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's forecast indicates that hurricane activity and number of hurricanes will be above normal with an 85% probability."

The number of storms this year might range from 17 to 25, according to the meteorologists. Eight to thirteen of these will intensify into hurricanes, with wind speeds of thirty meters per second or more; four to seven of these might be strong storms, meaning they would fall into Saffir-Simpson classifications three, four, or five.

According to meteorologists, this year's increased hurricane activity is specifically linked to the high temperatures of the Atlantic Ocean's water, cooling of the Pacific Ocean's equatorial region, the Atlantic Ocean's trade winds becoming weaker, and the reduction of wind shear. All this contributes to tropical storms formation.

The Atlantic hurricane season is expected to begin on June 1 and end on November 30.