It's been quiet so far in 2022 on the tropical storm front, but weather forecasters are warning that residents and businesses (including, of course, materials producers) along the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico still need to be prepared for an active storm season.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said earlier this month that its experts still predict an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season, although the likelihood of that happening has dropped slightly, to 60 percent rather than 65 percent as predicted in May, NOAA said in a news release.
AccuWeather also still predicts a "high chance for high-impact hurricanes" in the U.S.
The early part of the season has been slow so far, with three named tropical storms. AccuWeather researchers expect 16 named storms in 2022, down slightly from a forecast of 16-20 named storms, but the forecast for the number of hurricanes remains unchanged, with expectations of six to eight hurricanes, with up to five of those being major storms.
"Our biggest concern is for a high chance for high-impact hurricanes," AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski said in a news release.
Even without an official declaration of a storm, heavy rainfall has caused havoc near Dallas, where up to 8 inches of rain on Aug. 21 and 22 caused flash floods, and emergency management officials elsewhere in Texas and Louisiana warned of continuing problems from the rain.