NOAA: 7-10 hurricanes will still form out of 15-21 named storms (includes tropical storms). If true, 2021 will be a record sixth straight year of above-normal activity.
PALM BEACH, Fla. – The federal government continues to expect another active Atlantic hurricane season in 2021: seven to 10 hurricanes forming, according to an updated forecast released Wednesday.
An average season spawns seven hurricanes and peaks in August, September and October. If predictions hold true, it will be a record sixth straight year of above-normal activity.
Overall, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said 15 to 21 named storms will develop. That number includes tropical storms, which have wind speeds of 39 mph or higher. Storms become hurricanes when winds reach 74 mph.
Of the predicted hurricanes, three to five could be major, with wind speeds of 111 mph or higher.
The forecast is a slight increase from the one NOAA released