NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured this image of Hurricane Laura on August 26, 2020 as it approached the Gulf Coast. (NOAA)

Forecasters predict another ‘active’ Atlantic Hurricane Season for 2022

NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured this image of Hurricane Laura on August 26, 2020 as it approached the Gulf Coast. (NOAA)

Forecasters at the NOAA NWS Climate Prediction Center predict another ‘active’ Atlantic Hurricane Season for 2022, which would make it the 7th consecutive above-average season.

  • NOAA’s outlook for the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, which extends from June 1 to November 30, predicts a 65% chance of an above-normal season, a 25% chance of a near-normal season and a 10% chance of a below-normal season.

For the 2022 hurricane season, NOAA is forecasting a likely range of 14 to 21 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher). 

NOAA provides these ranges with a 70% confidence.

The increased activity anticipated this hurricane season is attributed to several climate factors, including:

  • The ongoing La Niña that is likely to persist throughout the hurricane season.
  • Warmer-than-average sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea.
  • Weaker tropical Atlantic trade winds.
  • An enhanced west African monsoon.

Hurricane preparedness is critically important for the 2022 hurricane season, just as it is every year. 

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The 2022 City of Destin Hurricane Guide is now available on the City of Destin website. This guide is designed to provide valuable information that you can use before, during and after a storm. Hard copies of the guide will be available at all city facilities as well as the Destin Chamber of Commerce. 

Click here to grab it!

Additionally, here’s how Okaloosa Gas can help too!

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