Future hurricane seasons might start two weeks early

Future hurricane seasons might start two weeks early


Satellite imagery of Tropical Storm Arthur on May 18th, 2020. | Image: NOAA

Next year’s Atlantic hurricane season could begin on May 15th if officials decide this year to move its formal start date up by two weeks. The decision will likely be made this spring, during meetings held by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

2022 is the earliest that the start date can be officially changed, a spokesperson for NOAA’s National Hurricane Center told The Verge in an email. But come May 15th of this year, the agency will start issuing its Tropical Weather Outlooks, which are routine forecasts that it typically doesn’t start releasing until hurricane season starts on June 1st.

The proposed changes come as climate change makes hurricane season more…

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