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Experts predict strong hurricane season for 2020

Posted at 6:26 PM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 18:26:13-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The official start of hurricane season is only 11 days away and NOAA just released their 2020 outlook.

This year, just like the University of Colorado, they are calling for an above normal season. The average is 12.1 named storms per year, six hurricanes and about three major hurricanes.

This year the National Weather Service is predicting 13 to 19 named storms, six to 10 hurricanes and three to six major hurricanes.

There are a number of factors that contribute to this forecast, mainly warmer than normal ocean temperatures and reduced verticle windshear in the atmosphere.

Now what does this mean?

It's always a good idea to be prepared for what the forecast calls for and it's a good idea to remember it only takes one for it to be a bad season where you live, so it's a good idea to know your plan and be prepared.

We've already had our first named storm of the season, Tropical Storm Arthur.