National Hurricane Center to issue Tropical Weather Outlooks in May
MIAMI, FL- The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has decided to begin posting their Tropical Weather Outlooks (TWO) for the Atlantic basin earlier than they have in the past. Originally, the NHC was posting their TWO at the start of hurricane season, which is June 1. Due to the recent increase in tropical activity before June 1st in the Atlantic basin, they will start posting their TWO on May 15.
Looking back at 2016, there were two named tropical systems before the official start of hurricane season. Hurricane Alex formed on January 14, which was
the first hurricane to form in the Atlantic in January since 1938. And there was Tropical Storm Bonnie, which was named on May 28, 2016. In the 2017 hurricane season, Tropical Storm Arlene formed in the Atlantic Ocean on April 20, 2017. For the 2018 hurricane season, Subtropical Storm Alberto formed on May 25, 2018 and later made landfall near Laguna Beach, FL on May 28, 2018.
In 2019, Subtropical Storm Andrea formed on May 20, 2019. And we cannot forget the record breaking hurricane season of 2020. There were 30 named storms. And 9 named storms formed from May through July, which was a record. For those storms that formed during the month of May, there were two:
Tropical Storm Arthur on May 16, 2020 and Tropical Storm Bertha on May 27, 2020. These two systems, being named before June 1, made 2020 the 6th consecutive year of a named storm forming before June 1 as the 2015 season also had a tropical storm named in May—Tropical Storm Ana on May 9, 2015. Plus, prior to to the official start of hurricane season on June 1, the NHC released 36 special Tropical Weather Outlooks in 2020, which was a push for them to start posting TWO earlier.
While we will see TWO issued on May 15, 2021 for the 2021 Hurricane Season, the National Hurricane Center has more to discuss about future hurricane seasons. Currently, the dates for hurricane season are June 1 to November 30. But, there has been talk at the NHC to have hurricane season start in May, since we have seen an increase in named storms before June 1st. The NHC is still discussing this as they need to examine the potential ramifications of moving the season to start on May 15. We will not see the official start of hurricane season being moved for the 2021 season, but this will be a topic at the NHC this spring. If it was moved, the Atlantic hurricane season would coincide with the Eastern Pacific hurricane season.
Lastly, as we approach the 2021 hurricane season, the 47 ABC Storm Team wanted to show you the list of storm names this season. The first name on the list is Ana.