Today officially marked the beginning of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which commonly lasts from June 1 to November 30 each year. That means this is usually the time of year when weather experts give their hurricane forecast in anticipation, but recently they were already analyzing the season's first storm. This year glimpses of the season could be seen and even felt up to a week early, as subtropical storm Andrea swept by Bermuda but with little effect on the land.
Last month, the United States’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released the ‘2019 Hurricane Season Outlook’. The Canadian Hurricane Centre also used this to predict Canada’s seasonal forecast and to put the results into perspective for Canadians.
The ‘Outlook’, which is a general guide to the expected hurricane activity in the upcoming months, predicted 2-4 major hurricanes, 4-8 smaller hurricanes and between 9 and 15 named storms. This hurricane activity for this season comes under the umbrella of ‘normal’ but since it's early, it still has the potential to be higher or lower than expected.
With the start of the season now upon us, meteorologists and weather and climate professionals have also taken to Twitter to share with us what we can expect from the 2019 season.
The talk of naming storms and the upcoming Atlatic storm names was also a popular topic on Twitter amongst reporters, climate and weather enthusiasts, and meteorologists.
There are also a number tweets from experts warning Canadians that, although the predicted forecast appears to be normal, it is still important to be vigilant, be aware, and to always be prepared for the worst when it comes to storms and hurricanes.
Earlier this week Bob Robichaud, Environment and Climate Change Canada meteorologist, said that it is 'crucial' that Canadians prepare appropriately, despite it being a few years since the Atlantic region has experienced heavily destructive storms.
He said, "people tend to not take any preparedness action if they haven't experienced any kind of hurricane in recent years." He noted that it is particularly important to keep an eye on potentially dangerous weather in the coming months as we face rising sea levels and increased vulnerability to storm surges.