If you’ve ever been to Walt Disney World in the summer, you know that the weather can be rather…temperamental.
It’s not uncommon to go from sun to a downpour and back to sun all in the span of 30 minutes. But, one thing that can halt Disney park operations is hurricanes and tropical storms. Last year, we faced an above average hurricane season, and analysts are starting to predict what the 2021 season could look like.
According to a report released by the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University, we could be facing an above average hurricane season. They predict that there will be 17 named storms, including 8 hurricanes, with 4 of those being considered “major hurricanes.”
The report states that “We anticipate an above-average probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the continental United States coastline and in the Caribbean” with predictions that the overall Atlantic Basin season “will have above-normal activity.”
Disney World is no stranger to hurricanes, having to close the parks temporarily a few times over the past two decades due to severe weather. The most recent closures were for Hurricane Matthew in 2016, Hurricane Irma in 2017, and Hurricane Dorian in 2019.
Hurricane season begins in June and lasts through the end of November, with the most activity usually occurring in August or September. We will continue to keep our eye out for more information about the hurricane season this year and bring you the latest updates.
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