NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, released its predictions for the upcoming hurricane season Thursday morning, set to begin on June 1st.
NOAA’s predictions are for 13 – 19 named storms, 6 – 10 of which would reach hurricane strength. 3 – 9 of these would reach major hurricane strength.
The reason for the above-average prediction mainly hinge on two factors: a developing La-Niña and above-average water temperatures.
The presence of a La-Niña would mean less storm-disrupting wind shear. Hurricanes need light winds in the upper levels to grow and get stronger.
Warmer-than-average water temperatures help storms grow stronger.
The season started early with Tropical Storm Arthur named on May 17.
As with any season, get a gameplan early and know what to do if a storm threatens Acadiana.
Remember: regardless of how many storms actually form this year, it only takes one to make it a bad year.