More storms are predicted this hurricane season, the Boat Owners Association of The United States announced.
Colorado State University hurricane researchers point to the likely absence of an El Niño system for their prediction of an above-average 2021 Atlantic hurricane season. Researchers named 17 storms, eight of which are expected to become hurricanes (Saffir/Simpson category 1, sustained winds of 74 to 95 mph) with four reaching major hurricane strength (Saffir/Simpson category 3-4-5, sustained winds of 111 mph or greater).
The average annual number of storms is 12 to 14.
When El Niño conditions are present, the wind shear it produces disrupts the creation of hurricanes.
BoatUS urges boaters to adjust to this new normal and prepare. To do so, BoatUS offers free help – boat prep videos, downloadable storm preparation guides, checklists and more. Boaters can create their own hurricane plan, watch a video on how to set lines, or review the comprehensive BoatUS Magazine Hurricane Planning Guide. BoatUS also developed an app with local storm tracking and alerts.
When a hurricane approaches, BoatUS recommends removing boats from the water to mitigate damage — advice based on nearly four decades of storm catastrophe experience. Other recommended steps include talking to your marina or storage facility to get extra docklines and other gear.
Boaters should also ensure that their boat’s insurance policy is current and includes full salvage coverage and hurricane haul-out coverage.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center will issue its initial seasonal outlook for the 2021 hurricane season in late May. The Atlantic hurricane season officially runs from June 1 through November 30.