Hurricane season ramping up

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This OES-16 East GeoColor satellite image taken Friday, Aug. 20, 2021, at 11:40 a.m. EDT., and provided by NOAA, shows Tropical Storm Henri in the Atlantic Ocean. Henri was expected to intensify into a hurricane by Saturday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Impacts could be felt in New England states by Sunday, including on Cape Cod, which is teeming with tens of thousands of summer tourists. (NOAA via AP)

(WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) — With Tropical Storm Fred and Hurricane Henri both hitting NYS in the same week, Hurricane Season has ramped up here in the Northeast. The Atlantic Hurricane Season lasts six months starting from June 1st to November 30th and peaks during September.

The Climate Predication Center’s latest outlook shows a 65% chance of an above normal hurricane season for 2021. “A mix of competing oceanic and atmospheric conditions generally favor above-average activity for the remainder of the Atlantic hurricane season, including the potential return of La Nina in the months ahead,” said Matthew Rosencrans, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

This season however, is not expected to be as active as last year’s season which saw a record breaking 30 named storms. The list of names to be used for this season can be found below:

These storms receive names once their maximum sustained wind speed reaches and/or exceeds 39 mph. To be named a hurricane, it must reach and/or exceed maximum sustained winds of 74 mph. These numbers are based off of the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

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