The 2020 Hurricane Season

The predictions for the 2020 hurricane season were for an above-average hurricane season. Philip Klotzbach predicted 16 named storms, 8 hurricanes, and 4 major (Cat 3+) hurricanes this year.

From the National Hurricane Center, the 2020 Atlantic tropical cyclone names are: Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, Dolly, Edouard, Fay, Gonzalo, Hanna, Isaias, Josephine, Kyle, Laura, Marco, Nana, Omar, Paulette, Rene, Sally, Teddy, Vicky, Wilfred.

Arthur

Arthur first storm of 2020

Continuing the trend of the last 10 years, we have our first named storm – before June 1 – the official start of the hurricane season. On Saturday, May 16, 2020, Tropical Storm Arthur formed off of Florida’s east coast.

Tropical Storm Arthur formed on Saturday night off the coast of Florida, making it the first named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. Now, forecasters say the storm has its sights set on eastern North Carolina.

Although the official start of hurricane season is June 1, there has been a preseason tropical system for most of the last 10 years, so it is not uncommon to have tropical activity this early, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Courtney Travis.

Source: UPI.com

UPDATE 5/18/2020 1500 UTC: Tropical Storm Arthur is located about 20 miles east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, with winds of 50 miles per hour and moving north-northeast at 16 miles per hour.

A turn toward the northeast is expected later today, followed by a turn
toward the east on Tuesday. A slower southeast or south-southeast
motion is forecast to begin Tuesday night and continue through
Wednesday.

Bertha

A quickly forming morning storm turned into Tropical Storm Bertha before it weakened into a tropical depression.

Bertha made landfall with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph just to the east of Charleston, South Carolina, Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. EDT, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Source: Weather Underground

UPDATE 5/27/2020 2100 UTC: Tropical Depression Bertha is located about 55 miles east-northeast of Columbia, South Carolina, with winds of 30 miles per hour and moving north-northwest at 15 miles per hour.

Additional weakening is expected, and Bertha is forecast to degenerate to a remnant low pressure area on Thursday.

Bertha is expected to produce total rain accumulation of 2 to 4 inches with isolated totals of 8 inches across northeastern South Carolina into west central to far southeastern North Carolina and southwest Virginia. Given very saturated antecedent conditions, this rainfall may produce life threatening flash flooding, aggravate and prolong ongoing river flooding, and produce rapid out of bank rises on smaller rivers.

Cristobal

The third storm formed Monday, June 1 – the official start of hurricane season – in the Bay of Campeche. At 4:00 PM CDT the center of Tropical Depression Three was located about 50 miles west-southwest of Campeche, Mexico, with winds of 30 miles per hour moving west-northwest at 7 miles per hour.

UPDATE 6/2/2020 1800 UTC: TD3 strengthened into Tropical Storm Cristobal located about 155 miles west-southwest of Campeche, Mexico with winds of 40 miles per hour moving southwest at 3 miles per hour.

UPDATE 6/2/2020 2100 UTC: Tropical Storm Cristobal is located about 140 miles west-southwest of Campeche, Mexico with winds of 40 miles per hour moving south at 3 mile per hour.

UPDATE 6/3/2020 2100 UTC: Tropical Storm Cristobal is located about 20 miles south of Ciudad Del Carmen, Mexico with winds of 50 miles per hour moving southeast at 3 miles per hour.

UPDATE 6/4/2020 2100 UTC: Tropical Depression Cristobal is located about 165 south of Campeche, Mexico with winds of 35 miles per hour moving east-southeast at 3 miles per hour.

UPDATE 6/5/2020 2100 UTC: Tropical Storm Cristobal is located about 535 south of the mouth of the Mississippi River with winds of 40 miles per hour moving north at 13 miles per hour.

Cristobal’s center is forecast to move inland across Louisiana late Sunday and Monday. Winds are 40 miles per hour some strengthening is forecast. The main threats are surge and flooding. Rain totals through Wednesday (6/10) may top 8-12 inches.

UPDATE 6/6/2020 2100 UTC: Tropical Storm Cristobal is located about 280 south-southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River with winds of 50 miles per hour moving north at 12 miles per hour.

UPDATE 6/7/2020 2100 UTC: Tropical Storm Cristobal is located about 65 south of New Orleans, Louisiana with winds of 50 miles per hour moving north at 7 miles per hour.

At 5:10 CDT Tropical Storm Cristobal made landfall about 50 miles south-southeast of New Orleans.

UPDATE 6/8/2020 2100 UTC: Tropical Depression Cristobal is located about 135 west-southwest of Memphis, Tennessee with winds of 35 miles per hour moving north at 18 miles per hour.

Dolly

Tropical Depression Dolly formed June 23 at around 1:00 AM EST off of the Atlantic coast about 370 miles south-southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia with winds of 45 miles per hour moving east-northeast at 13 miles per hour.

UPDATE 6/24/2020 2100 UTC: Tropical Storm Dolly is located about 335 miles south-southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia with winds of 45 miles per hour moving east-northeast at 12 miles per hour.

UPDATE 6/25/2020 1500 UTC: Post-Tropical Cyclone Dolly is located about 370 miles southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland with winds of 35 miles per hour moving northeast at 16 miles per hour.

Edouard

Tropical Storm Edouard formed Sunday night, July 6, in far North Atlantic. It’s moving quickly northeastward at 36 miles per hour with maximum sustained gusts of 40 miles per hour. It was located about 530 miles south of Cape Race, Newfoundland.

Colorado State University hurricane research scientist Phil Klotzbach said on Twitter that Edouard is the earliest fifth Atlantic named storm on record. The previous record was Emily, which formed on July 12, 2005.

Source: FoxNews.com

UPDATE 7/7/2020 2100 UTC: Post-Tropical Cyclone Edouard is located about 445 miles southeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland with winds of 45 miles per hour moving northeast at 38 miles per hour.

Fay

Tropical Storm Fay formed on off the coast of North Carolina on July 9. The storm is about 40 miles east-northeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina with winds of 45 miles per hour moving north at 7 miles per hour.

Tropical Storm Fay … the earliest 6th Atlantic named storm formation on record. Previous record was Franklin in 2005 on July 22nd.

Source: @philklotzbach on Twitter

UPDATE 7/10/2020 2100 UTC: Tropical Storm Fay is located about 10 miles north-northeast of Atlantic City, New Jersey with winds of 50 miles per hour moving north at 14 miles per hour. Fay made landfall just northeast of Atlantic City, New Jersey.

UPDATE 7/11/2020 0900 UTC: Post-Tropical Cyclone Fay is located about 30 miles south of Albany, New York with winds of 35 miles per hour moving north at 17 miles per hour.

Gonzalo

Tropical Storm Gonzalo formed from Tropical Depression 7 this morning (July 22) about 1250 miles east of the southern Windward Islands with winds of 45 miles per hour moving west-northwest at 12 miles per hour.

Gonzalo is the earliest seventh named tropical storm on record to form in the Atlantic basin, according to Dr. Phil Klotzbach, a tropical scientist at Colorado State University. The previous record was held by Tropical Storm Gert, which developed on July 24, 2005.

Source: Weather.com

Tropical Storm Gonzalo is expected to become a hurricane by Thursday as it moves toward the Caribbean Sea.

UPDATE 7/23/2020 2100 UTC: Tropical Storm Gonzalo is located about 810 miles east of the Southern Windward Islands with winds of 60 miles moving west at 13 miles per hour.

UPDATE 7/24/2020 2100 UTC: Tropical Storm Gonzalo is located about 390 miles east of the Southern Windward Islands with winds of 40 miles per hour moving west at 18 miles per hour.

UPDATE 7/25/2020 2100 UTC: Remnants of Gonzalo are located about 125 miles west-northwest of Trinidad with winds of 35 miles per hour.

Hanna

Tropical Depression 8 formed Wednesday (July 22) about 530 miles east-southeast of Port O’Connor, Texas with winds of 30 miles per hour moving west-northwest at 6 miles per hour. Some strengthening is expected, and the depression could become a tropical storm in a day or so. The depression is expected to produce 2 to 4 inches of rain with isolated maximum totals of 6 inches along the Gulf coast from Louisiana to the Lower Texas coast, and inland through south-central Texas and the Rio Grande Valley.

UPDATE 7/23/2020 2200 CDT: TD8 strengthens to Tropical Storm Hanna by 10 pm CDT. It’s located about 385 miles east-southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, with winds of 40 miles per hour moving west-northwest at 7 miles per hour.

#Hanna has formed in the Gulf of Mexico – the earliest 8th Atlantic named storm formation on record. Prior record was Harvey on August 3, 2005. #hurricane

Source: @philklotzbach on Twitter

UPDATE 7/24/2020 2100 UTC: Tropical Storm Hanna is located about 195 miles east of Corpus Christi, Texas, with winds of 50 miles per hour moving west at 10 miles per hour.

UPDATE 7/25/2020 1500 UTC: Hurricane Hanna strengthened this morning and is located about 75 miles east-northeast of Port Mansfield, Texas, with winds of 80 miles per hour moving west at 7 miles per hour.

UPDATE 7/26/2020 0000 UTC: Hurricane Hanna made landfall near Padre Island, Texas, around 5:00 PM CDT and again around 6:00 PM CDT in Kenedy County, Texas. Present located about 10 miles northwest of Port Mansfield, Texas, with winds of 85 miles per hour moving west-southwest at 8 miles per hour. Rapid weakening is expected as Hanna moves farther inland.

UPDATE 7/26/2020 2100 UTC: Hanna weakened to a Tropical Depression over northeastern Mexico. Tropical Depression Hanna is located about 35 miles west-southwest of Monterrey, Mexico, with winds of 35 miles per hour moving west-southwest at 9 miles per hour.

Isaias

Tropical Storm Isaias formed late Wednesday (7/29) about 155 miles south of Ponce, Puerto Rico, with winds of 50 miles per hour moving west-northwest at 20 miles per hour.

Tropical Storm Isaias, pronounced ees-ah-ee-ahs, was upgraded from Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine status by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) at 11 p.m. EDT Wednesday. The system strengthened as it developed a more organized center with thunderstorms wrapping around its core — and Isaias became the earliest “I-storm” in recorded history. The prior record holder was Irene from Aug. 7, 2005.

Source: AccuWeather.com

UPDATE 7/30/2020 2100 UTC: Tropical Storm Isaias is located about 155 miles west-northwest of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, with winds of 60 miles per hour moving northwest at 20 miles per hour.

UPDATE 7/31/2020 2100 UTC: Late last night Isaias strengthened to a hurricane. Hurricane Isaias is located about 195 miles south-southeast of Nassau Bahamas with winds of 75 miles per hour moving northwest at 15 miles per hour.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the east coast of Florida from Boca Raton to the Volusia/Brevard County Line.

UPDATE 8/1/2020 2100 UTC: Isaias weakens to Tropical Storm and is located about 115 miles southeast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with winds of 70 miles per hour moving northwest at 10 miles per hour.

Isaias is expected to regain hurricane strength tonight. Slow weakening is expected to begin Sunday night and continue through Monday.

UPDATE 8/2/2020 2100 UTC: Tropical Storm Isaias is located about 65 miles southeast of Cape Canaveral, Florida, with winds of 70 miles per hour moving north-northwest at 9 miles per hour.

UPDATE 8/3/2020 2100 UTC: Tropical Storm Isaias is located about 60 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, with winds of 70 miles per hour moving north-northeast at 16 miles per hour.

Isaias is expected to make landfall tonight at or near hurricane strength along the coast of northeastern South Carolina or southern North Carolina.

UPDATE 8/4/2020 0400 UTC: Hurricane Isaias made landfall near Wilmington, North Carolina, shortly before 12:00 AM EDT with max winds of 85 miles per hour. Hurricane Isaias is located about 30 miles west of Wilmington, North Carolina, with winds of 85 miles per hour moving north-northwest at 22 miles per hour.

UPDATE 8/4/2020 2100 UTC: Tropical Storm Isaias is located about 20 miles west of Albany, New York with winds of 65 miles per hour moving north-northeast at 40 miles per hour.

By 8/5/2020 0300 UTC Isaias became Post-Tropical Cyclone Isaias, moving into southeastern Canada.

Josephine

Tropical Depression 11 turned into Tropical Storm Josephine this morning and is now (8/13 1500 UTC) located about 975 miles east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands with winds of 45 miles per hour moving west-northwest at 15 miles per hour. The storm is expected to strengthen somewhat over the next 48 hours.

UPDATE 8/13/2020 2100 UTC: Tropical Storm Josephine is about 865 miles east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands with winds of 45 miles per hour moving west-northwest at 16 miles per hour.

UPDATE 8/14/2020 2100 UTC: Tropical Storm Josephine is about 460 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands with winds of 40 miles per hour moving west-northwest at 16 miles per hour.

Kyle

Tropical Storm Kyle formed Friday (8/14) about 185 miles southeast of Atlantic City, New Jersey with winds of 40 miles per hour moving east-northeast at 17 miles per hour. Kyle is forecast to become post-tropical by late Sunday or early Monday.