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What kind of hurricane season should we expect this year?

The Atlantic hurricane season is here. A disaster relief expert and NOAA’s chief hurricane forecaster walk us through the next six months.


A satellite image of Hurricane Ida in 2021.


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The 2023 Atlantic hurricane season starts today and continues through the end of November.

Every year, Houston Matters sets aside some time to help you and yours prepare for the season, with special attention paid to those new Houstonians among us who haven't been through tropical storms before. (They're...uh....well, not much fun. You do need to prepare for them).

For a number of years, when tropical weather threatened this area, we'd turn to Francisco Sanchez from Harris County's emergency management office. These days, he's associate administrator for the Small Business Administration's Office of Disaster Recovery and Resilience.

In the audio above, we talk with him about preparing for the next six months and its occasional tropical storm threats.

We also talk with NOAA’s chief hurricane forecaster Dr. Matthew Rosencrans about the kind of season we might expect (the forecast says to expect a near-normal season), including the likely number and severity of storms.

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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