Advertisement

Tuesday marks the official start of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Pick up an official KBTX Hurricane Tracking Chart for a full hurricane preparation checklist.
Published: Jun. 1, 2021 at 11:55 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 1, 2021 at 12:15 PM CDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - Tuesday, June 1, marks the official start of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

After a record-setting season back in 2020 for the Atlantic Basin, two forecast outlooks released by NOAA and Colorado State University are calling for an “above-normal” season in 2021.

Forecasters predict that the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season could be "above-average"
Forecasters predict that the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season could be "above-average"(KBTX)

The forecast released from NOAA calls for a total of 13-20 named storms, 6-10 of which could become hurricanes and 3-5 of which could become major hurricanes (Category 3 or stronger). Colorado State University’s outlook calls for 17 named storms, 8 of which could become hurricanes and 4 of which could become major hurricanes. It’s worth noting that as of this year, this “above-average” forecast already includes a recently-increased average for both named storms and hurricanes, as the new 30-year period of record uses the timeframe of 1991-2020 (the old average was 12 named storms and 6 hurricanes based on the period from 1981-2010).

While these outlooks may call for more storms than average this season, it’s worth reiterating that this is not a forecast for how many storms will actually make landfall on the U.S. Coast or the Texas Coast. Texas typically sees its highest volume of tropical cyclone impacts in June-September, where landfall become increasingly less likely for the Lone Star State from September onward.

2021 HURRICANE NAMES

The full list of names for the upcoming season are below:

The list of names for the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
The list of names for the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season.(KBTX)

The first name, Ana, has already been crossed off of the list as a subtropical storm formed in the Atlantic in May. This storm formed ahead of the official start of hurricane season, marking the seventh consecutive year that a named storm formed before June 1st. Ana moved away from the United States before the storm dissipated, and did not cause any impacts to the U.S. or the Brazos Valley.

The next named storm that forms in the Atlantic Basin will be given the name Bill.

HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS

There are several measures that you can take to be fully prepared in the event that the Brazos Valley experiences impacts from a tropical system this season. One way is to gather various household items to make a hurricane-preparedness kit. Some items to put in this kit include, but are not limited to:

Hurricane Prep Items
WaterFirst aid kitGeneratorImportant documents in a water proof container
Non-perishable food itemsToiletriesPortable radioPet food/pet care items
Blankets/pillows/towelsFlashlightsCashDuct tape
Clothing/sturdy shoesBatteriesKeysWhistle

As the Brazos Valley gears up for hurricane season, a full hurricane preparation checklist and important tropical terms can be found in our KBTX 2021 Hurricane Tracking Chart!

Physical copies of this chart, sponsored by First Financial Bank, Texas Star Power, and Midsouth Electric, are available for pickup at the following locations, or can be downloaded for free by clicking here:

  • All First Financial Bank locations in Bryan-College Station
  • Texas Star Power in Plantersville

A CURRENT LOOK AT THE TROPICS

As we march into the official start of hurricane season, an update from the National Hurricane Center shows that no new tropical cyclones are expected to develop over the next five days.

No new tropical cyclones are expected to develop in the next five days.
No new tropical cyclones are expected to develop in the next five days.(KBTX)

The Atlantic season officially lasts from June 1 to November 30, with the peak of the season residing on September 10.

Latest updates on any potential tropical development throughout the upcoming season can always be found on-air, online, and on the KBTX PinPoint Weather App.

Copyright 2021 KBTX. All rights reserved.