2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season: Recap and Future Storm Projections

The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season has been described as extremely active with at least five (5) major hurricanes.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University (CSU) have both indicated that there are two main reasons for this prognosis:

  1. It is predicted that during the late summer months, El Niño climate conditions which tend to suppress hurricane activity, will weaken.This will likely result in increased storm activity in the Atlantic.
  2. In the tropical Atlantic, temperatures are quite warmer than average, which tends to be associated with stronger and more organised storms.

Given these climate conditions in the tropical Atlantic, CSU’s latest forecast predicts a total of twenty-for (24) storms for 2020, twelve (12) of which are expected to become hurricanes.  Of the anticipated hurricanes, five (5) are forecasted to become major hurricanes.

It is critical to note that these projections are twice above the average predictions for an average hurricane season.  There are seven (7) remaining hurricane names for this season, which are: Omar, Paulette, Rene, Sally, Teddy, Vicky and Wilfred.  See table below for a recap of storms which have already formed for the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season:

2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season – Past Storms                    

Storm Name Date Formed
Tropical Storm Arthur May 16, 2020
Tropical Storm Bertha May 27, 2020
Tropical Storm Cristobal June 3, 2020
Tropical Storm Dolly June 23, 2020
Tropical Storm Edouard July 4, 2020
Tropical Storm Fay July 9, 2020
Tropical Storm Gonzalo July 21, 2020
Hurricane Hanna July 23, 2020
Hurricane Isaias July 30, 2020
Tropical Storm Josephine August 11, 2020
Tropical Storm Kyle August 14, 2020
Hurricane Laura August 20, 2020
Hurricane Marco August 20, 2020
Tropical Storm Nana September 1, 2020

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