Researchers at Colorado State University on Wednesday upgraded their forecast for the Atlantic season 2020 to "extremely active" from "very active."
Researchers at the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the CSU in Fort Collins, Colorado, said in a report that they expect 24 named storms to form this year, including the nine named storms that have already formed, an increase of four from its previously updated forecast in early July.
CSU expects 12 of the storms to reach hurricane status and five to become major hurricanes in categories 3, 4 or 5.
The probability of a major hurricane making landfall in the United States this year is 74% compared to year-round average of 52% for the last century, the report said.
Sea surface temperatures are much warmer than normal and wind shear is weaker than normal, which "indicates a high probability of an extremely active hurricane season 2020", the report said.
So far in 2020, Hurricane Hanna made landfall in Texas on July 25 and Hurricane Isaias made landfall in North Carolina on August 3. Both were Category 1