June 1st marked the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season. The Weather Company is predicting this year's Atlantic hurricane season to be the most active since 2012. Three major hurricanes (category 3 or greater) are expected as are eight 'regular' hurricanes.
La Niña is a weather pattern transition from El Niño that will have a significant impact on the season ahead. La Niña happens when water temperatures are below-normal in the Pacific Ocean near the equator. When this occurs, less wind shear is found in the developmental regions of the Atlantic, increasing the potential for a higher-than-normal amount of tropical systems. There is a predicted 75-80% likelihood of switching from an El Niño to a La Niña pattern, perhaps in the middle of this season.
For the USA, there is no real correlation between predicted storms and how many will actually reach landfall (nothing is mentioned for the Caribbean) but it's important to be prepared each season, especially for residents of coastal US cities and for yachts planning to travel these waters during this season. That said, watch the weather closely, as usual, and have a safe summer season in the Atlantic and beyond! The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1st to November 30th.