NOAA will issue its 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Outlook on May 23

UPDATED: May 21, 2019. NOAA aircraft will be on display and speaker line-up has been updated
May 14, 2019
NOAA's GOES-East captured this image of Hurricane Michael as it came ashore near Mexico Beach, Florida on Oct. 10, 2018. According to the National Hurricane Center, Michael intensified before landfall with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph, heavy rainfall, and deadly storm surge.

NOAA will announce its initial outlook for the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season during a news conference on May 23 at Washington National Airport, Signature Flight Support. Speakers will address the anticipated activity of the 2019 hurricane season and highlight other NOAA initiatives to boost forecasting and operations. NOAA and FEMA will provide information for the public about how to prepare for the 2019 season, which officially begins on June 1.

NOAA's Gulfstream IV hurricane hunter aircraft and the King Air turboprop which conducts post-storm damage assessment surveys will be on site.

News conference announcing NOAA’s 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook

Thu., May 23; 11:00 a.m. EDT

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport/Signature Flight Support
1 General Aviation Drive, Hangar 7
Washington D.C. 20001


  • Wilbur Ross, secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce

  • Neil Jacobs, Ph.D., acting NOAA administrator

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

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

Media interested in attending should register with Lauren Gaches by noon on May 22. Camera crews should arrive for the news conference by 10 a.m. on May 23 to check in. Parking for media is available in the airport’s Economy Lotoffsite link.

Reporters unable to attend in person may participate in the news conference via conference call at 877-917-5781 or 1-312-470-0030 for international calls. The passcode is HURRICANE.


Media contact
Lauren Gaches, 202-740-8314