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Another Busy Year

NOAA is forecasting an active Atlantic hurricane season with a warning to remain vigilant

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On August 25, 2021, Hal Needham was in metro New Orleans. There was no indication that a Category 4 hurricane was preparing to make landfall 24 hours later. The storm was only a Category 1 that afternoon.

“Hurricane Ida blew up by 55 mph in [the last] 24 hours,” says Needham, the founder of Marine Weather and Climate, which provides data and analysis related to marine and coastal hazards. “Because it intensified so rapidly, we didn’t have time to get millions of people out. The meteorology said get out, but the sociology said nothing about a Category 4 hurricane. There was no emergency messaging. It astonished me.”

On May 24, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its 2022 hurricane season forecast, predicting the seventh consecutive year with above-average activity. The season extends... [read more]


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