The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season continues to be unusually busy.
The Atlantic Ocean on Monday had five active tropical cyclones in it at once for just the second time in recorded history, according to CNN and ABC News. One is Hurricane Sally, which was just upgraded from a tropical storm on Monday and is "expected to be a dangerous slow-moving hurricane near the coast of southeastern Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama," according to the National Hurricane Center. There's also Hurricane Paulette, as well as Tropical Storm Teddy, Tropical Storm Vicky, and Tropical Depression Rene.
The last time that there were five active tropical cyclones in the Atlantic Ocean at the same time was in 1971, and that's the only other time it's happened in recorded history, according to CNN.
When Tropical Storm Vicky became the 20th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, it also became the earliest 20th named storm ever, per ABC News. For comparison, ABC notes, the previous earliest 20th named storm came on Oct. 5, 2005. In August, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast there would be up to 25 named storms during the "extremely active" 2020 Atlantic hurricane season compared to the average of 12 named storms in a season. Brendan Morrow
Experts are warning this hurricane season could be one of the most active ever recorded.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in an updated forecast on Thursday said it's anticipating a potentially "extremely active" Atlantic hurricane season in 2020, with somewhere between 19 and 25 named storms, CNN reports.
As the NOAA notes, the Atlantic hurricane season that started in June and ends on Nov. 30 is "off to a rapid pace" with nine named storms already, whereas "historically, only two named storms form on average by early August," and there are usually an average of 12 named storms during a season. The NOAA's forecast suggests that of the up to 25 named storms, between seven and 11 will become hurricanes, and between three and six will be "major" hurricanes during a season that could be "one of the busiest on record."
"This year, we expect more, stronger, and longer-lived storms than average," Gerry Bell, the NOAA Climate Prediction Center's lead seasonal hurricane forecaster, said in a statement. Bell also told The New York Timesthat "we've never forecast up to 25 named storms before."