FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — There's an 85% chance the Atlantic basin will have an above-average hurricane season in 2020.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration updated their hurricane season outlook Thursday morning.
Forecasters at the Climate Prediction Center say, "Atmospheric and oceanic conditions are primed to fuel storm development in the Atlantic, leading to what could be an 'extremely active' season."
The outlook includes 19 to 25 named tropical storms, where seven to 11 will become hurricanes.
Of those hurricanes, three to six will have the potential to become a major hurricane.
So far this year, we've already had nine named storms.
The ninth named storm typically doesn't form until Oct. 4, according to NOAA.
The National Hurricane Center determined that only two named storms form on average by early August.
Hurricane season runs from June 1st to Nov. 30 each year.
The peak of the hurricane season is September 10.
An average season has twelve named storms, with 6 becoming hurricanes and half of those become major hurricanes.
A major hurricane is classified as a Category 3 or higher, or when winds are at or above 111 mph.
The most active season was 2005 which had 28 named storms, 15 of which became hurricanes and seven of those were major hurricanes.
This update comes a day after Colorado State University released their updated hurricane season forecast.
You can read more on that forecast here.