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NWS Predicts an Explosive Storm Season


The last few days have seen an increase in overcast cloudy skies and heavy winds clocking in above 30 mph in New Orleans — which some meteorologists believe is a small indicator of what is to come this storm season. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), record warm winters this year and above average temps in the Gulf of Mexico waters could mean "severe” storm activity this spring. 

 

New Orleanians may have noticed that we’ve already gotten a sneak peek at the stormy weather ahead. The NWS Storm Prediction Center reported that February marked “above normal levels of severe thunderstorm activity.” This follows the December-February period as the third warmest winter on record for New Orleans. Only the winters 1949/1950 and 1956/1957 beat out the average temps this year. 

 

Hurricane season officially starts on June 1, but the continuing trend of severe thunderstorms can bring with it the dangers of the superstorms we can expect later this year. The NWS is sharing warnings of hail and heavy winds on their social media pages. 




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