Above-average hurricane season nearing peak months

2021 hurricane season outlook

The Atlantic waters are heating up, and peak hurricane season is almost upon us. Carriers and shippers should be on alert this hurricane season, as tropical storm activity is expected to be above average.

Between 1991 and 2020, the average number of named storms (tropical storms and hurricanes) per year was 14.4, but this year is expected to have 20, according to Colorado State Tropical Weather and Climate Research. As of July 7, researchers there were calling for nine hurricanes (sustained winds of at least 74 mph) this year, of which four are expected to be categorized as “major.” CSU further indicated that it anticipates an above-normal probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the continental United States’ coastline and in the Caribbean.

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