This Year’s Atlantic Hurricane Season Might Not Be As Bad As We Thought

The Atlantic hurricane season is underway after officially starting on June 1 and lasting through November 30 each year. Though last year’s hurricane season was incredibly destructive, and meteorologists originally projected and expected a similar season this year, it looks as though the storms won’t be as damaging as last year’s.

According to Forbes, as the month of June wrapped up, so did an uneventful few weeks of storms, thankfully.

This year’s hurricane season is (so far) about as quiet as it can get for this time of the year. There has only been one named storm to strike the United States — hurricane Alberto, and even that storm began before the Atlantic hurricane season officially begun.

Alberto was the only storm that’s impacted the Atlantic Ocean this year, which initially made landfall along the Gulf Coast at the end of May. Subtropical Storm Alberto brought heavy rain and strong winds to the southeastern part of the United States, and that’s about it.

It’s important to note, however, that even though we haven’t seen that many damaging storms, we are still more than two months away from what has historically been the peak of hurricane season.

Additionally, as AccuWeather reports, waters off the southeastern U.S. coast still bear some attention as another concern is slowly starting to develop in the ocean.

“A storm in the middle layer of the atmosphere is forecast to hover offshore into early next week then drift toward the Carolina and Georgia coasts,” said AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski. “Sometimes these old non-tropical storms work their way down to the lower part of the atmosphere and become tropical in nature. Given the large-scale pattern, we don’t see support for development across the Atlantic Basin at this point through at least early July.”

A few months ago, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasted between 10 and 16 named storms to strike the Atlantic Ocean, up to nine of which are hurricanes and between one and four that could be labeled as major. But now, the ocean’s temperature has changed and the season is off to a much slower start.

The last time that June had 10 Atlantic named storms was back in 2014.

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