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It's official: The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is going to be bad

Posted On: 23 May 2020   |   Posted By: Grist

A hurricane is the last thing the country needs right now as tens of millions of Americans stay at home to protect themselves from COVID-19. But the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's annual Atlantic hurricane forecast , published Thursday, shows an abnormally active season in the coming months.
The Atlantic hurricane season, which officially starts June 1 and ends November 30 but for the past six years has been arriving early like an overeager dinner guest, typically produces 12 named storms. This year, NOAA is forecasting between 13 and 19 named storms, six to 10 of which could become hurricanes. Three to six of those hurricanes could develop into major hurricanes - category 3, 4, or 5 storms with winds of 111 miles per hour or higher. The average season sees three major hurricanes.
According to the forecast, there's a 60 percent chance of an above-normal hurricane season, a 30 percent chance of an average season, and just a measly 10 percent chance of a...

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