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Forecasters at Colorado State University now expecting extremely active hurricane season

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Published: Aug. 5, 2020 at 1:47 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Colorado State University forecasters are now predicting that 2020 will have an extremely active hurricane season. They are attributing this to sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic being a lot warmer than normal along with wind shear being below average.

Experts at the university are now forecasting 24 named storms this year, after already having 9 named storms already. They are expecting half of those storms to become hurricanes, with 5 becoming major hurricanes. A major hurricane is a storm that reaches a category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson scale, which is winds speeds above 111 m.p.h.

On average, from data taken between 1981-2010, we see 12 named storms in a season, with around 6 of them becoming hurricanes and between 2-3 becoming major hurricanes.

Posted by The NOAA Hurricane Hunters on Thursday, August 6, 2020

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