Updated: December 03, 2020 01:12 PM
Created: December 02, 2020 02:46 PM
This hurricane season quickly used all 21 names on the 2020 Atlantic tropical cyclone names list, becoming only the second time in history that the Greek alphabet was needed to name further storms. With the average hurricane season in the Atlantic containing 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes, this year marked the 5th year in a row with an above average hurricane season in the Atlantic.
All of these factors are favorable for tropical cyclone development and contribute to a more active hurricane season. According to Gerry Bell, Ph. D, the lead seasonal forecaster at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center (CPC), these factors along with La Nina conditions, contributed to this year’s historic and extremely active hurricane season.
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