Five Named Storms Form Simultaneously in the Atlantic Ocean

For only the second time in history, there are five tropical storms initiating all at one time in the Atlantic Ocean.  

2020’s tropical season is expected to be much more active than previous years because of many reasons. One reason being sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic are a lot warmer than normal, which usually shows a tendency in creating more and overall stronger storms.

Another reason this season is expected to be more inclined is because the El Niño climate is expected to weaken to be more cool, or moderate and the La Niña is expected to be frail, which usually associates itself with more storm activity. 

There are quite a few predictions for this year’s hurricane season, one being the U.S. coastline being hit by major hurricanes is looking to be more than normal. Also, the overall number of hurricanes is predicted to be more than normal.

There is only one other time the Atlantic held five named storms, according to a meteorologist at Colorado State University, which was in 1971.  

The five storms are Hurricanes Sally and Paulette, Tropical Storms Teddy, and Vicky, and Tropical Depression Rene. The impact of each of the storms will be different, some weaker and some stronger.

For the United States, the predominant storm is Hurricane Sally, which made landfall along the Gulf coast on Wednesday,  while Tropical Storm Vicky and Tropical Depression Rene are expected to be brief and not really have an impact.

In the near future, Teddy could become a major Hurricane. Hurricane Paulette increased in strength on Tuesday morning. 

Overall, due to multiple environmental factors, the 2020 hurricane season has been one of the most active ever in history. This year, 25 storms were predicted, which is the most the The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has ever predicted for a single season.

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