Near-normal Atlantic hurricane season predicted for 2023
On May 25, 2023, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center released its annual hurricane season outlook. The agency predicts that the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season will be near-normal hurricane activity in the Atlantic this year.
NOAA forecasters with the Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather NOAA’s outlook for the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season, which goes from June 1 to November 30, predicts a 40% chance of a near-normal season, a 30% chance of an above-normal season and a 30% chance of a below-normal season.
NOAA is forecasting a range of 12 to 17 total named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher). Of those, 5 to 9 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 1 to 4 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher). NOAA has a 70% confidence in these ranges.
Hurricane preparedness is critically important for the 2023 hurricane season, just as it is every year.
Below, please review the South Carolina 2023 Hurricane Guide (English and 2022 Spanish) and the related resources, documents, and FAQs that will better prepare you for this hurricane season.