Hurricane season begins

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  • 96th Weather Squadron

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 2024 hurricane season officially arrived, along with the possibility of severe weather hazards.

The 96th Weather Squadron works with on and off-base organizations to remain up to date and prepared for any significant tropical weather threats.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center declared a La Nina watch this season.  This means while the United States is still experiencing El Nino effects, including warmer than normal ocean water in portions of the Pacific Ocean, NOAA predicts a La Nina pattern to take effect this summer.

When a La Nina pattern occurs during the hurricane season, the probability of hurricane development in the Atlantic basin increases greatly.  Considering the record-breaking hurricane activity of the 2020 La Nina hurricane season, it is important to take precautions and prepare.

Preparation is crucial given the potential for this season’s forecasted increase in hurricane activity.  The average number of named storms in the Atlantic Basin exceeded historical averages in recent years, emphasizing the need for continued readiness.

Understanding the limitations of storm tracking tools is essential for accurately assessing risks and making informed decisions.  While storm tracking tools provide important information, it’s important to recognize they primarily focus on the path of the storm cone, known as the eye of the storm, rather than the overall storm itself.  This means that areas outside the path may still be at risk due to the storm’s size and potential impacts – high winds, heavy rainfall, and storm surge, etc.

Storm surges and tornadoes are significant threats associated with hurricanes, impacting inland and coastal areas alike.  Being aware of local storm shelters and safe evacuation routes, as well as heeding weather watches and warnings, can mitigate risks and save lives.

Staying informed, prepared, and responsive to evolving weather patterns and warnings is essential for safeguarding communities during the hurricane season.  It is Team Eglin’s duty to remain at a perpetual state of mission and personnel readiness, in the event of heightened tropical activity.

For more information, visit Eglin’s hurricane information page.