Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Industry Faces Active Hurricane Season

An early outlook by The Weather Co. forecasts an active North Atlantic hurricane season, which could affect oil and gas supply due to shut-in production at platforms in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Industry Faces Active Hurricane Season

One of the concerns the oil and gas industry faces each hurricane season is less the ferocity of the storms but more the frequency of storms, or how often they have to shut in production. (Source:

High sea surface temperatures paired with La Niña conditions suggest the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season will be an active one. 

The hurricane season runs June 1 through Nov. 30, and this year’s level of storm activity is likely to be similar to the 2021 season, according to a meteorologist at The Weather Co. That means storm activity could affect supply as operators shut in production at platforms in the path of a storm.

In mid-April, The Weather Co.’s early-season North Atlantic hurricane season outlook forecasts 20 named storms, eight hurricanes and four intense hurricanes. 

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Jennifer Pallanich

Jennifer Pallanich is Hart Energy's senior editor for technology. She has reported on the technology that fuels oil patch exploration, development and production for more than two decades.