Forecasters in the region are expecting an active period for the 2021 hurricane season in the Atlantic and Caribbean, which began today with a prelude to an expected event: subtropical storm Anna.
Specialists with the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, for its English acronym), predicted, for this cycle, which runs through November 30, between 13 and 20 named storms, about 10 tornadoes and five of those very intense.
The previous season exceeded expectations and left a series of events behind expectations, as the pre-defined list of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) for this geographical area ended and made way for the designation of systems in the letters of the Greek alphabet, a fact that only happened earlier in 2005.
Events such as these have led the National Hurricane Center to start issuing its forecast from May 15, although the World Meteorological Organization has rejected the possibility of adjusting the official start of the season this year.
That way, in the list of 21 events, it corresponds to the next Bill’s name, which Claudette, Danny, Elsa, Fred, Grace, Henry, Ida, Julian, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam, Teresa and Victor Wanda will follow.
In the earlier period, Arthur and Bertha were pre-season events, on May 16 and 27 respectively, early in the early days of June, the third set event arrived, and just after the middle of the cycle, another six phenomena were generalized to reach nine.
This is the first time that nine hurricanes have formed before August 1: Arthur, Berta, Crystal, Dolly, Edward, Fei, Gonzalo, Hanna and Isias, according to statistics.
For the second time in history, the Atlantic Ocean also received five or more tropical cyclones simultaneously: Bullitt, Renee, Sally, Teddy and Vicky.
September was the most active month, as it witnessed 10 storms and by the beginning of October the default list of the World Meteorological Organization had ended, to make way for others who had reached ETA, one of the most destructive hurricanes of 2020.
A total of 31 tropical or subtropical cyclones, 30 named storms, and 13 hurricanes were counted, six of which were major.