Storm season officially begins on June 1 and ends November 30 (although there are discussions about bumping up the start date to May 15 in future years). These dates historically describe the period each year when most tropical cyclones form in the Atlantic basin and is adopted by convention. However, the formation of tropical cyclones is possible at any time of the year.
The average number of full season named storms in the Atlantic basin will increase this year, largely thanks to a busy decade of tropical activity in the basin. A storm will be named when it reaches the tropical storm stage of development with winds blowing at a minimum of 39 mph.
While our technology to help detect and track potentially disastrous weather has immensely improved, the names, not so much. Check out the list of names for this upcoming hurricane season:
You can read more about the names and their previous history here. Ever wonder why storm names are recycled? “The only time that there is a change in the list is if a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm would be inappropriate for reasons of sensitivity,'' states the National Hurricane Center.
With this year's storm season fast approaching, be sure to prepare for a disaster before one strikes! And remember, your homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding related to storms, so make sure you’re protected with flood insurance too. Get a quote from a Lighthouse agent now.
Updated: March 2021