News Alert: NOAA 2016 Hurricane Season Outlook
Posted: 6/1/2016 9:58:37 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

NOAA 2016 Hurricane Season Outlook

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published its 2016 Hurricane Season Outlook, which calls for a near-normal hurricane season. The analysis can be found on the following NOAA webpage: 

http://www.noaa.gov/near-normal-atlantic-hurricane-season-most-likely-year

Here is a brief summary of important points:

“This is a more challenging hurricane season outlook than most because it is difficult to determine whether there will be reinforcing or competing climate influences on tropical storm development. The outlook calls for a 70% probability for each of the following ranges of activity during the 2016 hurricane season:
• 10-16 Named Storms, which includes Alex in January
• 4-8 Hurricanes, which includes Alex in January
• 1-4 Major Hurricanes
• Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) range of 65%-140% of the median, which includes Alex in January

“Predicting where and when hurricanes will strike is related to daily weather patterns, which are not reliably predictable weeks or months in advance. Therefore, it is currently not possible to accurately predict the number or intensity of landfalling hurricanes at these extended ranges, or whether a particular locality will be impacted by a hurricane this season.

“It only takes one storm hitting an area to cause a disaster, regardless of the overall activity. Therefore, residents, businesses, and government agencies of coastal and near-coastal regions are urged to prepare every hurricane season regardless of this, or any other, seasonal outlook.”

 

We encourage you to prepare your business, home, and family early for this year’s hurricane season, and maintain vigilance throughout the summer months. Here are links to some recommended actions to take:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/hurricane_preparedness.html

http://getagameplan.org/

 

The LA BEOC Staff

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