Will the National Hurricane Center (NHC) extend the tropical weather season to include May? At this point in time they have not done so, although the idea is being examined.
If there is any effect on the Outer Banks at all, it would be negligible, but looking at whether to include May in the tropical season seems to be nod to a consistent change in when the first tropical systems form.
For 2021 the official season will begin as it always has on June 1 and run through November. One change that will occur this year, though, is NHC will begin issuing regular tropical updates on May 15.
Coming off the most active Atlantic hurricane season in history, the move may make some sense.
However, the NHC, in the information the put out about the reexamination, noted that May tropical systems are typically short-lived. The also pointed out that the increase in reported systems may be the result of better monitoring.
Are Tropical Storms Forming Earlier?
Nonetheless, there have been, according to the NHC, there has been on tropical system every year forming before June 1.
Last year Tropical Storm Arthur formed off Florida and did produce tropical storm force winds along the Outer Banks.
Not everyone is on board with expanding the hurricane season to include May. Dr. Phil Klotzbach, at the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University, wrote in an email to the Washington Post, ““I guess the question that I’ve asked before is … are we trying to define the Atlantic hurricane season or the Atlantic piece of junk season? Since 1950, we’ve only had three hurricanes prior to 1 June. We had Able in May of 1951, Alma in May of 1970 and Alex in January of 2016.”
Colorado State University is considered one of the best hurricane research centers in the world.
The World Meteorological Organization is also reviewing whether the Atlantic hurricane season should include May, but indicated they would defer to the NHC.
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