2022 Hurricane Season Likely To Be Active, According To Colorado State University Report

Matt Lillywhite

Researchers at Colorado State University are predicting a busy Atlantic hurricane season in 2022. By looking at a variety of factors that can influence hurricanes (such as El Niño-Southern Oscillation and water temperatures in the northern Atlantic), they used a weather index called Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) to predict what may happen during the 2022 hurricane season. For reference, an ACE index above 126 is considered above normal.

The report published by researchers at Colorado State University forecasts a 40% chance of an ACE Index of 130, which would entail 13-16 named storms, 6-8 hurricanes, and 2-3 severe hurricanes. All the other scenarios were given probabilities ranging from 10-25%.

Since major hurricanes are possible next year, residents of hurricane-prone states (such as Florida, Louisiana, and Texas) should know how to prepare for a hurricane before one arrives. After all, the CDC recommends preparing for hurricane season before it begins.

It's important to mention that hurricanes can still pose a threat to your safety after losing strength over land. For example, the remnants of Hurricane Ida caused multiple deaths in northeastern states such as New York and New Jersey, per The New York Times. Therefore, you should pay attention to your local weather forecast and take appropriate action if required.

Here's a useful video from The Weather Channel that explains how to prepare for a hurricane:

A good way to prepare for a hurricane is to create a plan if you need to leave your home. For example, if you have friends or family out-of-state (or outside of the hurricane's path), consider staying with them for several days.

If an evacuation order is issued by local authorities, don't ignore it, per the CDC. "Even sturdy, well-built houses may not hold up against a hurricane. Staying home to protect your property is not worth risking your health and safety."

The CDC also recommends writing down emergency phone numbers in a notepad since power outages could make landlines inoperable. It's also a good idea to have a portable charger for your cell phone if power outlets aren't working.

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