Corpus Christi, Texas — Researchers from Colorado State University have released the hurricane season forecast for the 2020 hurricane season.
Their annual forecast calls for an above average hurricane season in terms of the total number of storms.
The forecast calls for sixteen named storms,
eight hurricanes, and four major hurricanes.
An average hurricane season typically produces 12 named storms. Six of those typically become hurricanes and of those, three typically become major hurricanes, category 3 or higher.
There is no correlation between the number of storms or hurricanes that form and landfalls in the U.S. A quiet season can still produce a strong hurricane that makes landfall in the US. That’s why residents should prepare each year, no matter the forecast.
Here locally, we are still feeling the impacts of 2017 and Hurricane Harvey. The 2017 North Atlantic hurricane season had 17 named storms, 10 hurricanes, and six major hurricanes.
The 2019 season marked the fourth consecutive year of above-average activity in the basin and was tied with 1969 for the fourth most-active hurricane season on record.