League City was recently accepted as a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador. The Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador initiative is an effort to formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving the nation’s readiness against extreme weather, water, and climate events. As a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, League City is committed to working with NOAA and other ambassadors to strengthen national resilience against extreme weather. For more information, visit https://www.weather.gov/wrn/ambassadors
In addition, during the May 24 League City Council meeting, National Weather Service Meteorologist Dan Reilly presented League City Emergency Management Coordinator Ryan Edghill and City Council with official StormReady signage to display within the city. The signage is a mark of League City's designation as a StormReady Community and recognizes the efforts of League City’s Office of Emergency Management to prepare for, respond to, and recover from severe weather threats. This designation comes after representatives of the National Weather Service-Houston/Galveston Forecast Office met earlier this year with Edghill and other city staff members to examine League City’s readiness for severe weather.
To achieve the StormReady Community designation, a community must establish a 24-hour warning point able to communicate warnings of impending disasters and an emergency operations center to coordinate response and recovery in the aftermath. Communities must demonstrate multiple ways of receiving and relaying severe weather warnings to alert the public, have a system that monitors weather conditions locally, promote public readiness through community outreach, and develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which often includes training weather observers and conducting emergency readiness exercises. Being a StormReady community improves coordination and timeliness of hazardous weather and flood warning dissemination, reception and response, strengthens the working relationship between emergency managers and the NWS, and can aid in lowering National Flood Insurance Program premiums.
On Tuesday, May 24, NOAA released its 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season forecast, predicting that this year is likely to be more active than average. NOAA predicts there is a 70% chance that the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, which starts on June 1 and ends Nov. 30, will bring 14 to 21 named storms, or storms with winds of 39 mph or higher; six to 10 hurricanes with winds of 74 mph or greater; and three to six major hurricanes, with winds of 111 mph. The first storm of the year will be named Alex and the next four will be named Bonnie, Colin, Danielle, and Earl.