FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Hurricane researchers are now forecasting 20 named storms for the 2020 hurricane season.
The 20 named storms include the 5 tropical systems that have already formed this year.
This is only the second time the Colorado State University researchers have predicted 20 or more storms since 2005.
Updated seasonal #hurricane forecast from @ColoradoStateU
continues call for very active 2020 Atlantic #hurricane season. New forecast calls for 20 named storms (including the 5 that have already formed), 9 hurricanes and 4 major (Cat 3+) hurricanes. https://t.co/wIVwJdWMcO pic.twitter.com/OYOMcIIBDz
— Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) July 7, 2020
The 2005 hurricane season was a record-breaking season with 27 named storms.
There were 15 storms that attained hurricane status and seven became major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher).
Four of the storms became a Category 5 hurricane including Hurricane Katrina that crippled New Orleans, Louisiana.
In comparison, 2020 doesn’t hold a candle to 2005.
By mid-July of 2005 there were already three hurricanes including a Category 4 and 5.
2020 has seen 5 tropical storms, two of which occurred in May before the official start of Hurricane season.
Three of the first five named storms in 2005 were hurricanes including two major hurricanes: Dennis and Emily. The 2020 season has yet to have a hurricane.
— Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) July 8, 2020
The National Hurricane Center is currently watching an area of low pressure across the Carolinas.
It is set to bring widespread rain to that area.
According to the NHC, the system will strengthen in the warm waters off the Carolina coast and it could become a tropical storm in the next couple of days.
If this happens, it will be named Fay.
It will also become the earliest sixth named storm since July 22, 2005.