FIRST ALERT: NOAA updates its 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook

FIRST ALERT: NOAA updates its 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook
NOAA Updated 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Outlook (Source: WMBF)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - NOAA has issued an update on its 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook, which is calling for an “extremely active” season.

NOAA Updated 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Outlook
NOAA Updated 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Outlook (Source: WMBF)

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season has been off to a fast pace with a record-setting nine named storms so far and has the potential to be one of the busiest on record.

The updated outlook calls for 19-25 named storms (winds of 39 mph or greater), of which 7-11 will become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or greater), including 3-6 major hurricanes (winds of 111 mph or greater). This update covers the entire six-month hurricane season, which ends Nov. 30, and includes the nine named storms to date.

The chances of an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season has increased to 85%. Current oceanic and atmospheric conditions that make an “extremely active” hurricane season possible are warmer-than-average sea surface temperatures in the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, reduced vertical wind shear, weaker tropical Atlantic trade winds and an enhanced west African monsoon.

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