Perhaps bowing to the inevitable after the past six hurricane seasons, the National Hurricane Center says it may officially change the start of the hurricane season. The NHC will start issuing Tropical Weather Outlooks starting May 15 this year. That’s ahead of the established June 1 start to the season.

What is the catch with the last six seasons? Each had a named storm in the Atlantic before June 1 in the last six years. Two last year, in fact. Tropical Storms Arthur and Bertha. (Arthur, left and above.)

Last year’s storm season was significant. “The 2020 season has been an active one in part because of very warm ocean waters that provide fertile ground for hurricanes to grow. As the oceans absorb more and more of the excess heat trapped by greenhouse gases, waters will get warmer earlier in the season, which could help set new records in the future.” (Source)

Early and active storm seasons might not be an aberration. The June 1 kick-off to hurricane season could be a thing of the past. Utilities will be noting the change and preparing for what may happen.

By the way, here are the names of the 2021 storms. Remember, though, we went through all the names last year.

The National Hurricane Center map of 2020 storms. NHC

  • Ana
  • Bill
  • Claudette
  • Danny
  • Elsa
  • Fred
  • Grace
  • Henri
  • Ida
  • Julian
  • Kate
  • Larry
  • Mindy
  • Nicholas
  • Odette
  • Peter
  • Rose
  • Sam
  • Teresa
  • Victor
  • Wanda