Arthur first storm of 2020

The 2020 Hurricane Season

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

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

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

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.