Hurricane Season 2020 Is One for the Record Books Already!

What can be expected for this year’s hurricane season?

The 2020 hurricane season has made history with being the most active hurricane season on record so far. The Penn State’s Earth System Science Center and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration noted an unusually high number of hurricanes this year, with 13 named storms already in the books. The 2020 Atlantic Basin storms this year so far include:

•    Arthur
•    Bertha
•    Cristobal
•    Dolly
•    Edouard
•    Fay
•    Gonzalo
•    Hanna
•    Isaias

In the season of La Nina in the eastern Pacific Ocean may produce cooler sea surface temperatures in those equatorial regions, prompting a higher frequency of storms globally. The predictions are not necessarily a guarantee of the storms that will make landfall for sure. The determination as to whether the storms will come onto land is often not made until the storms are a week away from reaching land. The NOAA National Hurricane Center offers weather outlook information about a week in advance, to help keep residents safe from the effects of the storm.

It is vitally important to develop a plan and know what to do in the event of a serious storm. It is also true that people should listen to the advice of the emergency management officials to evacuate their homes when advised to do so. Also, people need to keep COVID-19 protocols and practices in mind when making plans to shelter in place or evacuate as the result of a serious storm.
The hurricane season typically runs from May to November, and this year many records are already broken with the onset of these storms. Here is a rundown of the effects of the 2020 hurricane season so far:

•    On June 2, 2020, Tropical Storm Cristobal started at the Bay of Campeche and went to Wisconsin, the furthest traveling storm ever recorded in North American history.
•    On July 5, 23020, Tropical Storm Edouard started in the North Atlantic Ocean going briefly towards Bermuda, before then heading out and dissipating at sea.
•    On July 8, 2020, Tropical Storm Fay hit New Jersey near Atlantic City.
•    On July 22, 2020, Tropical Storm Gonzalo began in the Atlantic basin and died down before hitting the Caribbean.
•    On July 24, 2020, Tropical Storm Hanna became a hurricane before hitting Texas on July 25th.
•    On July 30, 2020, Tropical Storm Isaias hit the Dominican Republic, then the Bahamas, and the East Coast to produce blackouts of power from North Carolina up to New York.
•    On August 13, 2020, Tropical storm Josephine brought rain to the northern Leeward Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, then subsided out to sea.
•    On August 14, 2020, Tropical Storm Kyle spun around in the North Atlantic with no landfall at all.

This year the NOAA has predicted that there will be 19-25 named storms and 7-11 hurricanes that will hit this year, which is more than has ever been predicted before!

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