Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Forecasts for the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season is calling for an another above-normal figure of named storms. Accuweather veteran meteorologist Dan Kottlowski predicts 16 to 20 names storms with six to eight becoming hurricanes.
Of those six to eight, Kottlowski predicts three to five of them reaching major hurricane status, which is a Category 3 or higher. AccuWeather’s forecast of 16 to 20 named storms is higher than the 30-year average of 14 per year.
AccuWeather forecasters also say that there is a high chance for a preseason storm to develop, with another active tropical season expected. “The presence of La Niña and above-normal sea-surface temperatures in key tropical development regions will result in a higher-than-normal chance of preseason development for the eighth year in a row,” they said.
“Sea-surface temperatures are above normal over much of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean and even off the East Coast of the United States, especially the southeast coast of the United States, and these are critical areas for early season development,” Kottlowski said.
While the Atlantic Hurricane Season does not officially start until June 1, the monitoring of storms has started earlier. Over the past few years, meteorologists have detected preseason storms. Last year, agencies like the NOAA began monitoring in mid-May.