NHC to issue new ‘experimental’ tropical forecast cone next hurricane season; read what that means

ORLANDO, Fla. — The National Hurricane Center said it plans to issue a new tropical forecast graphic during the next hurricane season.


The NHC said the “experimental Tropical Cyclone Forecast Cone Graphic” will begin on or around Aug. 15.

Officials said the new graphic will include “inland tropical storm and hurricane watches and warnings for the continental U.S.”

Read: Dial it up to Category 6? As warming stokes storms, some want a bigger hurricane category

NHC officials said that research shows the change will help communicate inland wind risk during tropical cyclone events.

Officials hope the change will also help to not overcomplicate the current version of the graphic with too much data.

Watch: ‘I just want to be safe in my home’: Casselberry residents still dealing with Hurricane Ian damage

NHC said it will be looking for feedback from the public while the new graphics are in an “experimental phase.”

The current forecast graphics will also be made available during the upcoming hurricane season.

Read more about the changes below:

Follow our Severe Weather team on X for live updates:

Comments on this article