Sep 8, 2021
Summertime, fall break and the beginning of the holiday season can be popular times to book travel plans. But, with any travel, it is important to look at the risks and pay attention to weather or events that could impact a trip. An important aspect to focus on during these popular travel times is hurricane season, especially with this year’s season expected to be more active than previous seasons.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from 1 June to 30 November. Forecasters from The Weather Company predict a 60-per-cent chance for an above-average hurricane season this year. This increase translates to six to 10 hurricanes expected, with three to five of them being major. The uptick in hurricane activity stems from multiple factors, including the Atlantic Ocean’s surface temperatures, La Niña and other atmospheric conditions. 2021 is not the first year for above-average hurricane activity, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: 2020 was also a historically active year. And while the number of hurricanes is still expected to be above average, the number we see this year is not expected to exceed last year.
While hurricane season does not usually halt travel entirely, it may affect some travellers more than others. Those more averse to risk may wish to travel during other times of the year. Additionally, while certain locations such as the Caribbean may be more susceptible to damages and effects of hurricanes, this season can impact travel everywhere. Inland locations can be affected by bad weather brought in by tropical storms, even if not directly hit. Airlines are also heavily affected. For example, even if a traveller is not headed to a coast, the flight they are taking may be arriving from a coastline and could be impacted. Travel insurers need to be aware of these risks when speaking with clients to help customers be as prepared as possible.
While weather-related issues can be predicted and tracked by meteorologists, they are hard to plan for and carry many unknowns. When thinking about potential weather problems, it is important that customers looking to book travel start preparing early. Insurance is always encouraged but is especially important when preparing for the unknowns of hurricane season.