NOAA to issue 2016 Atlantic hurricane season outlook May 27

May 16, 2016 On May 27, NOAA will issue its initial outlook for the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season during a news conference at the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility in Suitland, Maryland.
Hurricane Joaquin reaches Category 4 strength near the Central Bahamas on October 1, 2015.

In addition to the seasonal prediction, NOAA experts will highlight exciting upgrades and new tools that will contribute to more precise hurricane track and intensity forecasts this year. These important upgrades will improve NOAA’s ability to communicate risk from tropical systems to the public and emergency managers. FEMA will also be on hand to discuss the importance of personal preparedness. The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins June 1.

2016 Atlantic hurricane season outlook news conference

Friday, May 27, 2016, 11:30 a.m. ET


  • Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., NOAA Administrator
  • Joe Nimmich, FEMA Deputy Administrator
  • Laura Furgione, deputy director, NOAA’s National Weather Service
  • Steven Volz, Ph.D., director, NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service

NOAA Satellite Operations Facility
4231 Suitland Road, Suitland, Maryland 20746 [Directionsoffsite link]

Due to limited space and security, reporters attending in person must register (name and organization) with by noon on May 25. Camera crews must arrive by 10:30 a.m. to clear security and set-up.

Reporters unable to attend in person may listen to the news conference via conference call: 1-800-475-8402; Verbal passcode: HURRICANE; International callers: 1-212-287-1860.

A replica of the NOAA GOES-R weather satellite, expected to launch later this year, will be on-hand for photo opportunities. Experts will be available for interviews.

The 2016 Hurricane Preparedness Week runs May 15-21. The week provides the public with a great opportunity to prepare for a potential land-falling tropical storm or hurricane. During the week, NOAA and partners will be traveling in vulnerable communities along the Gulf Coast during the annualHurricane Awareness Tour. The Pacific Hurricane Awareness Tour runs May 19, 26, 31 and June 1, 3, and 6.

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