It’s important to be prepared for anything that could happen during your Disney World vacation.
From losing your keys to unexpected ride closures, you’re likely to encounter at least a couple of bumps along the way during your trip. One of the most common can be bad weather, which can be very difficult to predict accurately (especially in Orlando, and especially during the summer months). This year, it looks like we’re in for a few major storms as the hurricane season approaches. Check out the predictions for the 2022 hurricane season here.
AccuWeather is predicting another active hurricane season in 2022, similar to what we saw in 2020 and 2021. The official start to the season is June 1st, although some early tropical storms have caused the National Hurricane Center to “consider moving the season’s start date to May 15th.” The season is expected to last through November 30th.
The last 2 years have seen very active hurricane seasons, with both reaching “unprecedented levels” of storms and causing meteorologists to use up the whole list of designated storm names for each year. 2020 had 30 named storms, and 2021 had 21. Even some of the years before 2020 have been unusually active, with the last year that had a below-normal number of storms being 2015.
2022 is expected to bring another high number of hurricanes. AccuWeather is forecasting around 16 to 20 named storms and 6 to 8 hurricanes for the season. They expect 3 to 5 of the hurricanes to reach “major hurricane status,” meaning they’ll have Category 3 strength and winds with speeds of 111 MPH or higher.
Meteorologists have also already picked out the names for this year’s storms, with the first few being called Alex, Bonnie, Colin, and Danielle. If the list is all used up, they’ll create new names for the additional storms.
These predictions look very similar to the 2021 season. One of the factors that influences the forecasts is higher-than-normal sea-surface temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean, which are considered “critical areas for early season development.” These warm waters are usually present when it comes to the development of tropical storms.
Some of the areas that are predicted to be affected by the storm include the southeast Texas coast, Florida (particularly the panhandle area), and the Carolinas coastline. Experts are urging residents of these areas and others along the coast to prepare early for the potential storms.
Disney World does have precautions in place for hurricane season. During last year’s active season, we saw some restaurants offering hurricane meal kits, and the parks have closed in the past due to extreme weather.
We’ll keep an eye on the forecast and let you know about new developments. Stay tuned with DFB for the latest news that could impact your upcoming Disney vacation.
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