This year’s hurricane season began last week on June 1, but we’re already looking at the first named storm of 2022. Alex came to life early Sunday morning after the disturbance brought flooding rains and wild winds to Florida.
At 11:00 am EDT on Monday, Alex was situated about 210 km northeast of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds near 100 km/h.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for Bermuda, with tropical storm conditions expected on the island through Monday. Alex however, is expected to become an extratropical low later in the day.
EXPERTS INCREASE HURRICANE SEASON FORECAST
Forecasters say that all signs point toward another active hurricane season for 2022.
La Niña conditions in the eastern Pacific and warmer-than-normal sea surface temperatures across much of the Atlantic basin may combine to lead to yet another above-average season over the coming months.
In light of the increasingly favourable conditions for tropical cyclone development, the experts at Colorado State University revised their seasonal outlook upward on Thursday.
The group’s much-anticipated forecast now calls for 20 named storms across the basin this season, with 10 of those storms strengthening into hurricanes, and half of those hurricanes growing into major category threes on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
If the forecasts come to fruition, this would be the Atlantic basin’s seventh above-average hurricane season in a row. The last two seasons were among the most active on record. The 2020 hurricane season broke the record with a whopping 30 named storms, and the 2021 hurricane season ended as the third-most active season on record with 21 named storms.
There are 21 storm names assigned to the 2022 hurricane season. The list, which rotates every six years, begins with Alex, Bonnie, and Colin, continuing down the list until we reach Walter.
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