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Forecasters Mull Starting Hurricane Season Earlier

From June 1 to May 15 due to surges in May storms.
Forecasters Mull Starting Hurricane Season Earlier
March 10, 2021

Meteorologists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are discussing whether to move the start date of the Atlantic hurricane season from June 1 to May 15 due to surges in May storms. Storms have formed in May in each of the past six years, according to NOAA, and last year 30 named storms formed overall.

Colorado State University researcher Phil Klotzbach worries about moving the start date to May 15 since the most dangerous storms typically don't occur until the height of the season from late August through mid-October. Most May storms have been benign.

National Hurricane Center spokesperson Dennis Feltgen says, “An examination would need to take place regarding the need for, and potential ramifications of, potentially moving the beginning of the hurricane season to May 15.” The official start of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season will still be June 1.

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