As the month of July bows out to August, the record-breaking 2020 hurricane season is ramping up. Less than one week after record-setting Hanna strengthened into a hurricane and crashed into the Texas coast, another budding tropical system was dubbed Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) at 11 a.m. EDT Tuesday and maintained that status through Wednesday afternoon. On Wednesday evening, this system developed a well-defined centre and was upgraded to Tropical Storm Isaias (pronounced ees-ah-ee-ahs). This makes it the earliest "I-storm" on record in the Tropical Atlantic, breaking the record previously held by Irene, which formed on Aug. 7, 2005. This tropical storm threatens another potential impact on the United States. The system is forecast to blast the islands of the northern Caribbean with heavy rain, gusty winds and building seas this week, prior to aiming toward the southeastern U.S. later this weekend to early next week according to Accu Weather.
2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season continues to break records. Earlier this month Gonzalo was the earliest “G” storm on record. This year has already featured the earliest C, E and F storms on record—Cristobal, Edouard and Fay: The average date of an Atlantic hurricane season’s seventh named storm is Sept. 16.”
Last weekend two hurricanes, Gonzalo and Hanna became the earliest G and H-named storms on record in the Atlantic basin when they reached tropical-storm strength last week. Five of the first eight named storms this season are new record holders for the earliest-named storm for their letter. This trend looks like it may continue in the Atlantic basin, perhaps even before the calendar closes in August. With Hanna burying itself in the mountains of Mexico.
On July 23, 2020, NOAA’s GOES-West satellite captured this impressive view of the eye of Hurricane Douglas as it spun over the Pacific Ocean just missing a head-on collision with Hawaii.
Hurricanes and Cyclones 2020
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