NOAA Predicts 19 Named Storms for 2020 Hurricane Season
An average Atlantic hurricane season has 12 storms, but the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and other forecasters predict 19 named storms for 2020. At least six of those storms are expected to become hurricanes. NOAA says that warm waters, the lack of a Pacific El Niño, and a greater African monsoon were among the reasons cited by the agency.
Some forecasters suggest that this year’s hurricane season could echo the devastation of the 2005 season in which 28 storms formed and Hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans. Tropical Storm Arthur became the year’s first system when it formed May 16, prior to the traditional June 1 start of the Atlantic season.