2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season
Dec. 1 2020
We look at a summary of this years Atlantic hurricane season.
The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season was the most active season in the US history with a total of 30 named storms, 13 hurricanes, and 6 major hurricanes. Many of the historic records were broken in this season. We start with some of the key facts below:
All meteorological agencies in the world under-forecast this season’s tropical storm activity.
Of the 30 named storms, 12 made landfall in the contiguous U.S., breaking the last record of 9 landfalls in 1916.
It was the second season since the use of the Greek letters began in 2005.
This season was the fifth consecutive season in which at least one Category 5 hurricane formed.
This season also featured a record 10 tropical cyclones that had undergone rapid intensification.
We had early storms before the season began officially; Tropical Storm Arthur and Bertha on May 16 and 27. This marked the record sixth consecutive year with pre-season systems.
Early in the year, US government and state officials expressed concerns that the hurricane season could potentially exacerbate the spread of COVID-19, should evacuation and sheltering be required.