The Atlantic hurricane season is here and like year’s past, it’s projected to be difficult. Last year was the busiest season on record, with a record 30 named storms with 12 making landfall. The 2020 season was so busy in fact, that the U.S. National Hurricane Center used up its entire list of alphabetized storm names and had to tap into the Greek alphabet for more.
Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Climate Prediction Center released their annual report, predicting another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season, with a 60% chance the season will see above-average named storms and major hurricanes.
The severity and quantity of storms is increasing year over year, and sea level rise and the loss of protective ecosystems is exacerbating the problem, making coastal communities particularly vulnerable to erosion and flooding from storm surges. Government officials are already preparing for the worst and warning their coastal communities.
Before-and-after satellite imagery can be used to monitor and track the impacts of high-winds and storm surge, providing timely insights to emergency responders so they know exactly where recovery resources are needed most.
The worst of the Atlantic hurricane season doesn’t usually hit until August, but we don’t live in a “usual” world anymore. It’s important that states and coastal cities begin preparing now, updating public alert systems and proactively planning emergency response procedures.
Frequent, high-resolution satellite imagery is becoming an important piece of disaster recovery plans. Planet was the first private data solutions provider to support the International Space Charter and Major Disasters, making medium-resolution imagery available to government, humanitarian, and other emergency response organizations for disaster recovery.
Read more about Planet’s Disaster Data program.