NOAA to issue 2018 Atlantic hurricane season outlook May 24

UPDATED: May 21, 2018.
May 14, 2018
This geocolor image from GOES-16 shows Hurricane Katia (l) Hurricane Irma (m) and Hurricane Jose (r) in the Atlantic Ocean on September 7, 2017.

NOAA will announce its initial outlook for the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season during a news conference on May 24 at NOAA’s Aircraft Operations Center in Lakeland, Florida. Speakers will address the expected activity for the 2018 season, as well as highlight NOAA model upgrades, new forecast products and observational enhancements. NOAA and FEMA will provide information about how the public can prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, which officially begins on June 1.

News conference announcing the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook

Thursday, May 24, 2018; 11:00 a.m. EDT

NOAA Aircraft Operations Center
3450 Flightline Drive, Lakeland, Florida 33811


  • Neil Jacobs, Ph.D., assistant secretary of Commerce for Environmental Prediction and Observation, NOAA

  • Daniel Kaniewski, Ph.D., acting deputy administrator, FEMA

  • Rear Admiral Michael J.Silah, director, NOAA Corps and Office of Marine and Aviation Operations

Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead hurricane season forecaster with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, will also be available for questions and interviews.

Media interested in attending should register with Lauren Gaches by noon on May 22, 2018 (two days prior to the news conference). Camera crews should arrive for the news conference by 10 a.m. on May 24 to check in.

Reporters unable to attend in person may listen to the news conference via conference call at 888-994-8796 or 1-210-234-0097 for international callers. The passcode is HURRICANE.


Media Contact
Lauren Gaches, 202-740-8314