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The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Could be One of the Most Active on Record!
- The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, already busy through early August, could be one of the most active on record, according to an outlook released Wednesday by Colorado State University.
- The CSU outlook calls for 24 named storms, 12 of which are expected to become hurricanes, and five of those hurricanes becoming major hurricanes – Category 3 or on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
- This forecast is almost double the 30-year (1981-2010) average of 13 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes and is four storms, three hurricanes and one major hurricane more than its last outlook issued in early July.
- If that forecast holds, 2020 would have the second most number of storms in any season, just behind 2005's 28 storms.
- CSU's outlook includes the nine named storms and two hurricanes that have already formed, so they expect another 15 named storms to form through the end of the hurricane season.
- The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is the first hurricane season on record in which nine tropical storms formed before August 1.
- The first tropical systems of the season actually formed before the hurricane season ever began on June 1st.
- Tropical Storm Arthur formed on May 16th and Tropical Storm Bertha on May 27th, and since then, it's been non-stop tropical activity.
- In fact, Cristobal (June 2), Edouard (July 5), Fay (July 9), Gonzalo (July 22) and Hanna (July 23) were each the record-earliest third, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth named storms.
- Isaias became the record-earliest ninth named storm in the Atlantic basin, more than a week earlier in the calendar than the previous record, according to Colorado State University tropical scientist Phil Klotzbach.
- The previous record-earliest "E," "F", "G", "H" and "I" storms in the Atlantic Basin all occurred in the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season.
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