Satellite image of first storm of 2021

The 2021 Hurricane Season

This year CSU again predicted an above-average season with 17 named storms, 8 hurricanes, and 4 major hurricanes. If last year was any indication we should expect a wild season that starts early and ends late.

From the National Hurricane Center, the 2021 Atlantic tropical cyclone names are: Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Elsa, Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida, Julian, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam, Teresa, Victor, and Wanda.

This year, instead of the Greek alphabet, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) published a list of normal names to use as the supplemental list of tropical cyclone names: Adria, Braylen, Caridad, Deshawn, Emery, Foster, Gemma, Heath, Isla, Jacobus, Kenzie, Lucio, Makayla, Nolan, Orlanda, Pax, Ronin, Sophie, Tayshaun, Viviana, and Will.

Ana

Well the season started early and with a whimper: subtropical storm Ana formed in the Atlantic today about 200 miles northeast of Bermuda. [This marks the 7th year in a row a named storm arrived before June 1.]

Update 5/23/2021

Ana strengthens to Tropical Storm.

BULLETIN
Tropical Storm Ana Advisory Number   5
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL012021
500 AM AST Sun May 23 2021
...ANA TRANSITIONS TO A TROPICAL STORM...
SUMMARY OF 500 AM AST...0900 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...35.7N 60.5W
ABOUT 340 MI...545 KM NE OF BERMUDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...45 MPH...75 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NE OR 45 DEGREES AT 12 MPH...19 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1006 MB...29.71 INCHES