The SWS 2021 Hurricane Hub will be updated frequently as SWS editors track hurricane news and its impact on the storm water industry
The latest news and updates on the 2021 hurricane season and how storms are affecting the storm water industry. The official Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, but May 15 was deemed the unofficial start to the 2021 season.
Updated: Tuesday, June 8; 3:44 p.m. CT
Texas Prepares for Hurricane Season as Lawmakers Tout Coastal Protection Plan (KXAN)
June 8 – "During the regular legislative session, lawmakers passed a bill to create a Gulf Coast Protection District to take charge of planning for and constructing a coastal barrier to protect against storm surge. Senate Bill 1160 also creates framework for approval of coastal projects recommended by the Army Corps of Engineers."
Hurricane Season is Forecast to be Above Average. So are the Hurricane Forecasts. (CNN)
June 7 – "During the record 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, something happened that many people overlooked -- hurricane forecasts improved. And that saved lives. With another active hurricane season expected, that's great news. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) believes it can build upon last year's success thanks to a targeted initiative, new strategies and updates to long-standing computer models."
NOAA Develops New Drone Technology to Improve Hurricane Forecasting (WTOC)
June 7 – "Dropsondes have been used to gather weather data inside and around hurricanes since the 1960s. This is a proven technique, but NOAA has been working with the Navy and NASA to move a step forward in gathering even more data inside hurricanes."
Charleston County Officials Prepare for Weather Emergencies as Hurricane Season Takes Off (The Post and Courier)
June 3 – "It was Day Two of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season and officials had already stormed into emergency management mode."
The 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins Today. Here Are The 21 Storm Names (NPR)
June 2 – "The 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins Tuesday, June 1, and the National Hurricane Center has designated 21 storm names for the six-month period ending November 30."
Pumps, People and Backup Power: Jefferson Parish Prepared for Hurricane Season, Leaders Say (Nola.com)
May 26 – "Parish Drainage Director Mitch Theriot said that 194 of the parish's 195 pumps are operational. The one that is down is out long-term, but the parish has placed temporary pumps at its location to lessen the impact of the missing pump."
Biden Doubles FEMA Spending to $1 Billion for Extreme Weather Disaster Preparedness
May 26 – "President Joe Biden announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency would double funding to help the U.S. prepare for extreme weather disasters."
NOAA Predicts Another Active Atlantic Hurricane Season (NOAA)
"NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. Forecasters predict a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season, and a 10% chance of a below-normal season."
The National Hurricane Center is Already Watching a Potential Storm in the Atlantic (CNN)
"Hurricane season could begin before its official start for a seventh year in a row in the Atlantic Ocean, as the National Hurricane Center monitors a developing weather system that could become this season's first named storm."
A Bad Hurricane Season Could be the Next Headache for Businesses Already Facing a Supply Shortage (Business Insider)
“Items from lumber and housing supplies, to toilet paper and tampons, to gas and plastics, to pork and chicken, have been plagued by shortages caused by a sting of factors: Supply chains snarled in the coronavirus pandemic, backed-up ports, reverberations from the February Texas freeze, the Suez Canal blockage, worker scarcity, and the temporary shutdown of a vital oil pipeline, among other issues.”
La Niña is Dead, which is Good News for Hurricane Season (News4Jax)
La Niña is the phase of cooler water in the Pacific Ocean. It is responsible for weather connections around the globe, one of which can enhance Atlantic hurricane activity like the record 30 storms we had in 2020.
In Texas, Biden's Infrastructure Plan Raises Hope of an 'Ike Dike' to Protect Against Hurricanes (NBC News)
“Last August, when initial forecasts projected that Hurricane Laura could slam into the Houston region as a massive Category 4 storm, local emergency response officials panicked. For years, experts have warned that a direct strike from a storm of that severity could send a 25-foot wall of water up the Houston Ship Channel, unleashing a humanitarian, economic and environmental disaster in a densely populated region that’s also home to the country’s largest concentration of petrochemical facilities.”
3 Key Changes Coming for Atlantic Hurricane Season (ABC 13)
“In the wake of 2020's record-smashing hurricane season, there are three key changes you need to know about regarding the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season.”
Hurricane Forecasts to Begin May 15, but Season Start Date Remains June 1 (The Palm Beach Post)
“The National Hurricane Center will start issuing regular storm forecasts for the Atlantic basin on May 15 this year, but June 1 remains the official start date of the hurricane season.”