The NOAA Atlantic outlook calls for a 50 percent chance of a below-normal season, a 40 percent chance of a near-normal season, and only a 10 percent chance of an above-normal season.
NOAA said the main driver of this year’s outlook is the anticipated development of El Niño this summer. El Niño causes stronger wind shear, which reduces the number and intensity of tropical storms and hurricanes. El Niño can also strengthen the trade winds and increase the atmospheric stability across the tropical Atlantic, making it more difficult for cloud systems coming off of Africa to intensify into tropical storms.
This is great news to hear for sure, after previous hurricane seasons. But, never let your guard down, as we know anything is possible with weather. It’s always better to be prepared than not prepared.
Even though hurricane season may be below normal this year, there is always chance for extreme weather during the spring and summer months. Whether it is the threat of severe thunderstorms, flooding or even tornadoes extreme weather is dangerous and you should always take the proper precautions to stay safe. Here are some tips to make sure you’re always prepared for extreme weather conditions.
- If you can hear thunder, you are likely within striking distance of the storm. Go indoors
- When indoors, never touch anything that is plugged into an electrical outlet
- Keep away from outside windows and doors
- In cases of flooding, leave areas subject to flooding and get to higher ground
- Don’t go into a basement or any room, if water covers the electrical outlets
- Have an emergency kit ready and make a family communication plan
Being prepared is the best defense to staying safe during extreme weather. Having the proper home insurance to protect your home is another way to be prepared for extreme weather.
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