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Tropics quiet for now, but August usually brings more activity

No development is expected in the next five days or more.

NEW ORLEANS — There are no active spots in the tropical Atlantic right now. Dry, dusty air from the Sahara Desert in Africa is swirling over much of the ocean and keeping things quiet for now. Models show this trend continuing into early August.


2021 Hurricane Season Outlook

The 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season is forecast to produce more storms than average. The reason for this is the lack of El Nino, which typically features more wind shear. We also expect warmer than average sea temperatures and an active West African Monsoon.

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After a record-breaking 2020 hurricane season, we now know the Greek alphabet will no longer be used to name storms.

The World Meteorological Organization announced the Greek alphabet will not be used in the future because it "creates a distraction from the communication of hazard and storm warnings and is potentially confusing."

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There has been only one other season that used the extra set of names, and that was in 2005. The World Meteorological Organization released a new set of supplemental names that will be used if the season exhausts the standard list.

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