Consider the Birds of the Air: These Songbirds Predict Hurricanes | Climate Denial Crock of the Week
In late May, NOAA predicted that this year’s Atlantic tropical storm season, which lasts from June 1 to Nov. 30, would be near normal. It called for up to 15 named storms, two to four of which would become major hurricanes.
Meanwhile, the veery thrush data from this spring indicated the season would be a bit more active than normal.
By their next update in August, NOAA changed its prediction for the season and increased the chances of an above-normal season with up to 17 named storms. As of Nov. 1, there have been 17 named storms and three major hurricanes.
The birds had it right all along.
“Which is pretty incredible if you think about it because these birds, the timing of their breeding season is determined in May and June, and that storm activity is happening in September, October, November,” Heckscher said.