2021 Hurricane Season: What Can You Expect Living In South Florida?

The 2021 hurricane season is finally here and it looks like it’s going to be a busy one.  You would think after what we’ve been through this past year that we deserve a quieter hurricane season.  However, according to a recent Colorado State University forecast, it’s not very likely that this is going to happen.  As a research center for violent tropical storms, CSU is calling for a potential of 8 hurricanes this season.  They’ve also predicted that a major hurricane is going to hit the U.S.  It’s best to stay prepared and ensure that you have high quality impact windows and doors installed, and that’s where we come in. 

About the Seasonal Forecast

The forecast is calling for 17 named storms, i.e., hurricanes or tropical storms, this year.  The average hurricane season sees 6.4 hurricanes and a total of 12 named storms.  In addition to this, there is a 41% chance that Floridians will be hit by a major hurricane this season, an increase from the seasonal average of 28%.  According to the research, there are two major reasons for expecting a busier than normal hurricane season:

  • The probability of experiencing an El Niño this year is extremely low.
  • The warmth of Atlantic Ocean waters will be above average.

It’s not so much how warmer ocean waters provide more fuel but how it changes the circulation in the atmosphere.  The combination of less wind shear, lower pressure, and an unstable atmosphere are the perfect recipe for an overly active hurricane season.

Prospective Storm Names

As with past years, every hurricane is given a name.  The names chosen for the 2021 hurricane season include:

  • Ana
  • Bill
  • Claudette
  • Danny
  • Elsa
  • Fred
  • Grace
  • Henri
  • Ida
  • Julian
  • Kate
  • Larry
  • Mindy
  • Nicholas
  • Odette
  • Peter
  • Rose
  • Sam
  • Teresa
  • Victor
  • Wanda

Other predictions that emphasize the potential for heightened activity include:

  • 69% chance a major hurricane hits the U.S. coast (average 52%)
  • 45% chance a major hurricane hits the Atlantic coast (average 31%)
  • 44% chance a major hurricane hits the Gulf Coast from Florida’s panhandle to Brownsville, TX (average 30%)

Interestingly enough, this is the 6th straight year that CSU predicted an above average hurricane season.

So What Does All This Mean for Floridians?

No matter what the prediction for the current hurricane season, preparedness is the key to experiencing as little damage to your home and family as possible.  One of the best ways to ensure that both your family and your home with all its contents are protected in the event of a hurricane is to have impact windows and doors. V&V Windows not only manufactures these products but also installs them as well.  No need to worry about a middle man trying to upsell you on cost.  We are the real deal with over 25 years of experience. Our family owned business is here to serve you.  For more information, call us today at 305.888.4151.