Miami, May 24 (EFE).- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is forecasting 14 to 21 named storms – 6-10 of them hurricanes and with 3-6 of these being major ones – for the 2022 hurricane season.
The public agency reported Tuesday that it is expecting an “active” storm season this year, meaning that there will be a relatively large number of tropical storms and hurricanes in the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico and the western Atlantic Ocean.
There is a 65 percent probability that this will be a more active than normal hurricane season, like the past seven seasons, the NOAA said, publishing its forecast just a few days before the storm season officially begins on June 1.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs until November 30.
President Joe Biden said several days ago that a tough Atlantic hurricane season was expected and urged the public to be prepared to deal with storms and flooding.
The most active storm season on record was that of 2020, at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the National Hurricane Center, which NOAA administers.
In that year, there were 30 named storms, of which 14 reached hurricane strength and seven of them were major storms, that is to say they were rated between 3 and 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale with sustained winds exceeding 178 kilometers (111 miles) per hour.
NOAA is a scientific and regulatory agency within the US Department of Commerce that forecasts weather, monitors oceanic and atmospheric conditions, charts the seas, conducts deep sea exploration and manages fishing and protection of marine mammals and endangered species in the US exclusive economic zone.