NOAA Predicts Above-Average 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season

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The 2022 Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and runs through November 30th and the NOAA is predicting an above-normal number of storms.

With the June 1 start of hurricane season just around the corner, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted an above-normal hurricane season in the Atlantic, making 2022 the seventh consecutive above-average hurricane season.

Forecasters predicted up to ten hurricanes, with three to six becoming major hurricanes with category 3,4, or 5 classifications.

A summary infographic shows hurricane season probability and numbers of named storms predicted from NOAA’s 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook. Source: NOAA

The NOAA attributes the anticipated increased activity to many climate factors, including the continuing La Nina that is likely going to persist throughout the hurricane season, warmer-than-average sea temperatures, weaker tropical Atlantic trade winds, and an enhanced west African monsoon.

As Texans along the Gulf Coast brace for another active hurricane season ahead, early preparation and understanding the risk these storms bring are crucial. At TGS Insurance Agency, we take pride in providing resources to help residents achieve these goals. Our Hurricane Insurance page discusses how to prepare for the season from an insurance perspective and serves as a hub for hurricane news throughout the season and many other preparation guides.

2022 Hurricane Names

Each year, the World Meteorological Organization releases a list of 21 names that will be used to name storms in the Atlantic this year. The 21 names being used for the 2022 hurricane season are Alex, Bonnie, Colin, Danielle, Earl, Fiona, Gaston, Hermine, Ian, Julia, Karl, Lisa, Martin, Nicole, Owen, Paula, Richard, Shary, Tobias, Virginie, and Walter. If any additional names are needed, a supplemental list will be used instead of the Greek alphabet as we saw used in 2020.

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