Nobody wants to really talk about it right now, but the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season is just a few weeks away. So, it’s best to get ready.

The season officially starts on June 1st and ends on November 30th, but the National Hurricane Center is discussing lengthening the season. The last few years have seen storms earn names prior to and after the “official” time frame.

As it annually does, the Colorado State University prediction center has issued the first forecast of the year – 19 named storms, nine hurricanes, and four major storms that will be Cat 3 or higher. Supposedly, that would make this a “more active than usual” season. On average, normal seasons produce 14 named storms, seven hurricanes, and three majors.

The peak of the season is typically in August and September.

The National Hurricane Center will issue its predictions in a few weeks, and a host of other “experts” will make their call. Remember, these are predictions based on averages, warm water scenarios, and the effects of El Niño and El Niña. Better prediction technology is going to help when the season gets into the thick of things.

As a boater, there are plenty of things you need to know and stuff you have to have at the ready. We’ll get into all that in a few weeks after talking to the experts at Lynnhaven Marine.

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