University upgrades 2020 hurricane season to extremely active
The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season is not about to slow down any time soon.
A team of researchers at Colorado State University (CSU) has revised its forecast which now predicts an extremely active hurricane season.
The team is now predicting 20 to 24 named storms: five major hurricanes (between Category 3 and 5) and 12 hurricanes.
Seasonal forecast from @ColoradoStateU increased & now calls for extremely active 2020 Atlantic #hurricane season: 24 named storms (including 9 that have already formed), 12 hurricanes (including 2 that have already formed) & 5 major (Cat 3+) hurricanes:https://t.co/wL1t2D2mgx pic.twitter.com/DfZgG3CAyC— Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) August 5, 2020
The team also anticipates an above-normal probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the continental United States coastline and in the Caribbean.
Philip Klotzbach, a meteorologist at CSU, explained on Twitter that one reason for the increase is extremely warm tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures.
“Currently it’s the fourth warmest on record [since 1982], trailing 2005, 2010 and 2017. Warmer water means more fuel for storms, also typically more atmospheric instability,” he said.
The Atlantic has already had nine named storms and two hurricanes through August 4.
The hurricane team from AccuWeather has also increased its forecast for the number of named tropical systems during the 2020 season.