New benchmarks for what is a “normal” hurricane season

There is a benchmark for what is considered a normal hurricane season.

The earliest named storm on record in the Pacific formed over the weekend-- Tropical Storm Andres. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association recently released a brand new set of “climate normals.”

They are a way to compare today’s conditions to 30-year averages. It shows the west coast is getting hotter and drier but for the Atlantic Basin, “the new normals are dropping out the relatively quiet 1980s and adding in the hyper-active hurricane years of the 2010s... From twelve to fourteen named storms, and from six to seven hurricanes, to the number of major hurricanes that remain static at three.”

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This could be another year of above-average hurricanes