Hurricane 2022 Predictions
Tropical Storm Outlook and Forecast
Believe it or not, hurricane season is just around the corner. In any given calendar year, the tropical storm season runs from approximately June 1 through November 30 in the Atlantic Ocean, Eastern U.S., and the Caribbean.
Now is the time to make preparations for the 2022 season. When it comes to a hurricane, don't "wing it." The flooding rains, behemoth storm surges, and powerful winds can surprise even the most experienced hurricane veteran.
Storms are unpredictable, be sure to follow our severe weather updates for up-to-date alerts from the nation's top weather and news outlets, or scroll to the bottom of this article for a live feed.
Last Year's Hurricane Season in Review
First, let's review what transpired last year. The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season was considered above average in intensity. A total of 21 named storms formed, including 7 hurricanes and four major hurricanes (111 mph winds or higher). This made 2021 the third most active year on record for named storms.
Hurricane Elsa and Hurricane Ida were particularly damaging, making landfall along the east coast and Louisiana, respectively, and causing 128 total fatalities and nearly $1.3 billion in damage across their paths.
Read a full recap of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
Hurricane Forecast for 2022
UPDATED 8/10/2022: The 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season is expected to be well above normal in terms of activity. Based on water temperatures, wind conditions, and past data, experts predict 18 named tropical storms, 8 of which will be hurricanes and 4 of which will be major hurricanes.
A total of 30 days of hurricane activity are predicted over the course of the season, 8 of which will be major hurricane days. Overall, there is a 75 percent chance that at least one major hurricane will strike somewhere along the continental U.S. coastline. Read the full scientific forecast.
How Hurricanes Form
Atlantic hurricanes form based on a combination of warm ocean temperatures in the tropics and westward winds blowing from Africa.
- Westward winds cause the warm tropical water (80°F) to evaporate into the atmosphere, creating clouds and thunderstorms.
- The low pressure area caused by the rising warm air draws surrounding air, which in turn becomes warm and evaporates up.
- This cycle of air movement continues and builds into a powerful tropical storm system as long as there is warm surface air to feed it. If the storm system hits land or enters cooler waters, it will eventually lose steam and dissipate.
A tropical storm system moves through several stages in its development. The following chart outlines the different stages of severity from least damaging to most damaging.
|Severity||Wind Speed (mph)||Storm Surge (ft)|
The Bottom Line
Hurricane forecasts that take into account real-world conditions and past patterns can be a generally reliable guide in predicting the upcoming season. Still, it's never an exact science and anything can happen. Stay tuned for forecast updates, and remember to prepare for the storm by stocking up supplies and getting the best electric backup generator.
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