ORLANDO, Fla. — NOAA announced its initial outlook for the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season on Thursday.
It said an “above normal” season is most likely, at a 60% chance.
NOAA said it expects 13 to 20 named storms, six to 10 hurricanes, and three to five major hurricanes for the 2021 season.
The 2021 hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.
NOAA said it does not anticipate the historic level of storm activity seen in 2020.
Forecasters with Colorado State University reported last month that they believe there could be as many as 17 named storms for the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season. That would make it the sixth consecutive “above normal” season.
Last year, the first named storm, Tropical Storm Arthur, formed May 17. The 2020 season had 30 named storms including 13 hurricanes.
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