The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season could be about 40% above the average season:
As the world is currently battling with the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic but some countries across the Atlantic and the Caribbean could have to face another disaster in the next two months if predictions from leading weather forecaster are correct. Meteorologists are already looking ahead and bracing for what they are calling a very active season. Experts from the Colorado State University are predicting that we could have as much as sixteen named storms, of which eight are likely to become hurricanes for the upcoming 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, according to early predictions that were released Thursday, April 2, 2020.
The hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, last season was one of the most active seasons ever recorded. There were four or more major hurricanes that created record damage and lost across the region. The forecast indicates that the four of the hurricanes will become major storms, this is category 3 or higher, with sustained winds of at least 111 mph. Last year also was the fourth consecutive year of above-average hurricane activity, according to the AccuWeather report.
The forecaster, said they are very confident that the forecast will come through. This time around they say that above-normal activity was predicted consistently across types of forecasts. Also, the tropical Atlantic is quite a bit warmer than it has been the past few years at this time. Sea surface temperatures are one of the ingredients needed to fuel hurricanes. The warmer the ocean, the more fuel available for the storms to grow into these monster storms. Although the forecast is only predicting four major hurricanes for the season, that doesn’t mean any necessarily will hit the coast of Jamaica.
The next update from the research team from Colorado State will also release on June 4, 2020.