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Named Storms in the 2020 Hurricane Season


The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is the period in 2020, officially from June until November, in which tropical storms form in the Atlantic. The first named tropical storm in 2020, Tropical Storm Arthur, formed on May 16.

This hurricane season has been described as extremely active by forecasters at the NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, and is the first season with nine tropical storms forming before August and thirteen forming before September.

A tropical cyclone is given a name if it achieves sustained wind speeds of more than 33 knots (61 km/h; 38 mph). These are named alphabetically from a list of 21 names chosen ahead of time by the United Nations World Meteorological Organization, followed by Greek letters if there are more than 21 named storms.

The NOAA's August 6 forecast predicts between 19 and 25 named storms. The average hurricane season from 1981-2010 had 12.1 named storms, with a record high of 28 in 2005 and a record low of 4 in 1983. As of the 29th August, there have been 13 named storms in the 2020 hurricane season.

How many named tropical storms will there be in the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season?

Resolution will be by the number of named Atlantic tropical cyclones listed in the NHC's 2020 tropical cyclone advisory archive at the end of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. This excludes tropical depressions which are only given numbers.

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