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Listen in: 2022 Atlantic hurricane season expected to be “above average”

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Hurricane season is still a couple of months away but Colorado State University’s Tropical Weather and Climate Research Department has released its yearly Atlantic hurricane season outlook.  

The team is predicting an above average season, with higher than usual activity. 

WMFE’s Danielle Prieur spoke with meteorologist Philip Klotzbach about what Central Floridians could expect. 

Interview highlights:

On what an “above average” season could look like

“We are forecasting an above normal hurricane season, a total of 19 named storms. Of those 19, nine becoming hurricanes. And of those nine, four becoming major category three, four or five hurricanes.”

On how Floridians should use this forecast

“Certainly, these outlooks aren’t perfect and even if the forecast is perfect, we can’t say you know if we’re forecasting nine hurricanes, if we get nine hurricanes, you could have nine hurricanes and none hit the US. You could have nine hurricanes and four hit the US. There’s just no way to know exactly where these storms are going to make landfall, when they’re going to make landfall. So now’s the time to really get prepared and know what you’re going to do if a storm does threaten your area.”

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Danielle Prieur

About Danielle Prieur

Reporter & Fill-in Host

Danielle Prieur is a general assignment reporter at WMFE. You can hear her reporting on a daily basis on the station. She also fills-in as a host during the morning and afternoon drive times. Her reporting has been featured on NPR, Marketplace, Here & Now, and Vox. Danielle is originally from Rochester Hills, ... Read Full Bio »