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Tracking the 2022 hurricane and tropical storm season

Although weather in Central Missouri has been calm and pleasant this past week, people will be looking ahead to their vacations away. Many people prefer to spend their time away at a coastal beach. People spend large amounts of time and money in planning their vacations but one thing not often accounted for is the threat of tropical storms and hurricanes.

 Hurricane season officially starts June 1st and lasts through November 30th. However typically through Mid-August into late October, tropical storm and hurricane activity is usually at its peak. The climatological peak for hurricanes lies on September 10th. This time of the year is usually in large demand for vacationers.  One factor in planning to take into consideration is having trip or travel cancellation insurance for hurricane and weather events. This allows you to be covered in case of your trip being delayed or canceled due to inclement weather.

To nail down what to expect this upcoming year for hurricane season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) predicts this season's activity to be 65% above normal activity compared to the average we normally see. 14-21 storms are expected to be named with 6-10 being strong enough to become hurricanes. And finally 3-6 of these storms are forecasted to become major hurricanes surpassing 111 mph sustained winds.

Currently in the tropics, two systems are being tracked with one system seeing a 40% of development right off of the southeastern coast of Texas, and a 90% chance of development within the next two days towards the Caribbean coast.

This upcoming tropical weather season looks to be a very active one that visitors of the beach should pay close attention to.

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Chance Gotsch

Chance Gotsch grew up just south of St. Louis and moved to Columbia to attend the University of Missouri to pursue a degree in Atmospheric Sciences.

His interest in weather begin as a child when he used to be afraid of storms. Years later, he purchased a weather forecasting book and weather station at his elementary Scholastic Book Fair. After reading into the hows and whys of atmospheric science, he quickly became interested and gained his new passion.

Chance joined the ABC17 Stormtrack Weather Team in February of 2021. He is currently the weekday Noon Meteorologist.

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