FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Researchers at Colorado State University released their outlook for the 2020 hurricane season.
Their research suggests it will be an active year for tropical storms and hurricanes for the Atlantic Basin.
The Atlantic Basin consists of the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.
The CSU forecast suggests there will be 16 named tropical systems which will include eight hurricanes and four major hurricanes.
On average, 12 named tropical systems, including six hurricanes and three major hurricanes occur in a season.
A major hurricane is classified as a Category 3 or stronger.
According to the CSU Tropical Meteorology Project team, the reasoning for an active season boils down to water temperatures and wind shear.
The water in the tropical and subtropical Atlantic is warmer than normal.
As a result, this provides more fuel for tropical systems to develop and intensify.
The researchers also state that the waters near the coast of Peru will slightly cool.
In turn, this will lead to less wind shear, which will help to keep storms together.
Typically if a tropical system runs into wind shear, it’ll be torn apart.
Hurricane season is from June 1 to Nov. 30.
A tropical system can develop outside of those dates.
Here’s a list of the names for the 2020 Season.