In the Atlantic, the 2022 hurricane season promises to be intense

The 2022 Atlantic Coast hurricane season will be stronger than normal with between three to six Category 3 or greater hurricanes, according to forecasts Tuesday from the US Weather Service.

From June 1 to November 30

For this season, which runs from June 1 to November 30, experts anticipate between 14 and 21 named storms, three to six of which could become major hurricanes carrying winds of at least 178 km / h.

If these projections turn out to be correct, it will be the seventh consecutive season with above-normal activity, explained Rick Spinrad, head of the United States Agency for Oceanic and Atmospheric Observations (NOAA).

“It is important to remember that all it takes is one storm to damage your home, your neighborhood or your community,” he added during a press conference. “Preparation is key.”

Stronger and longer

According to the agency, the high number of tropical storms expected this season is linked to the La Niña climatic phenomenon, usually characterized by abnormally low water temperatures, warmer than normal temperatures in the surface of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, weaker trade winds in the Atlantic and stronger monsoon rains in West Africa.

This last element favors a strengthening of the African tropical waves, which contribute to creating the strongest and longest lasting hurricanes. The 2021 hurricane season was the third most active in terms of named storms, according to US weather services.

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