The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season broke the record for the number of storms to make landfall and the number of storms that formed earlier in the hurricane season. Ten storms made a mainland U.S. landfall and five of those were hurricanes and there have been over 25 named storms in the Atlantic since October 5.
What is a Hurricane?
A hurricane is a natural disaster, also referred to by its scientific name as a tropical cyclone, that forms over large bodies of water in tropical areas.
How do Hurricanes Form?
When warm moist air over the water rises, it is replaced by cooler air. The cooler air will then warm and start to rise. As a result, this cycle causes large storm clouds to form. Once the storm clouds begin to rotate, alongside the spinning Earth, the storms produce an organized system and pick up wind speeds.
In order for the storm to be considered a hurricane, the storm’s maximum sustained winds must reach 74 miles per hour (mph). Those storms that do not reach that speed are considered to be tropical depressions with surface winds less than 39 mph and tropical storms with surface winds higher than 39 mph. You can read more about this from the NOAA.
What is the Atlantic Hurricane season?
The Atlantic Hurricane season is considered to begin on June 1 and last until November 30. However, it is possible for hurricanes to happen outside of this time frame. The National Hurricane Center uses resources to predict and track hurricanes, which on average occur 12 times a year in the Atlantic ocean.
How does the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season compare to past hurricane seasons?
The Atlantic Hurricane Season from 2005 was perhaps the most destructive to date season to date. One of those reasons is due to Hurricane Katrina, which is the notorious and devastating hurricane that specifically caused massive destruction in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. There were predictions earlier this year that called for this 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season to be almost as deadly, if not more, than the 2005 hurricane season. Although the 2020 season has broken records along the lines of the number of storms forming and making landfall, none have caused nearly the amount of damage we saw from the 2005 season.
How can you prepare for future hurricane seasons?
Stock up on supplies needed in case of power outages and travel restrictions, such as bottled water, canned foods and goods, flashlights, batteries, and generators if possible. Know your evacuation routes and leave your home if the hurricane heading your way is too dangerous to endure!
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Hopefully, with still about a month and a half left of the 2020 Hurricane Season, we will not see major destruction from storms that have not formed yet. The best thing to do is to remain optimistic, yet realistically prepared if you end up facing a storm.
Questions about hurricane season to discuss on Ohlelo:
- Have you experienced a hurricane before? What tips and tricks do you have for staying prepared against hurricanes?
- What is your opinion on the rest of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season?
- Do you predict we will have another large storm heading towards the U.S.?
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