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Forecasters Predict A Heavy Hurricane Season

Forecasters Predict A Heavy Hurricane Season

The hurricane season is just getting started and the storms are predicted to have a big impact this year.

Forecasters Predict A Heavy Hurricane Season

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 14:00

Emilie Lorditch, Contributor

(Inside Science) -- Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center predicted in May that 2020 would likely be an above-average hurricane season. 

Already this year, the Atlantic basin has produced 10 named storms, delivering some of the earliest activity in the past 50 years. None of the storms reached hurricane intensity, but the total number of them fits with forecasts of a busy season.

A forecast of heavy rains during a hurricane is easy to believe, but what about when the forecast is for a historic storm event and it’s one of several big storms to hit in the last few years? Will we see one of these historic events this year?


Editor's Note: The original version of this story misstated the number of named tropical storms in the Atlantic basin in 2020. As of August 14, 2020, 10 storms have been named. The latest is Josephine.

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Emilie Lorditch is the former Assistant News Director at AIP.