The 2020 Hurricane Season in the Atlantic began this week and believe it or not, it already set a record. It looks like 2020 continues to be 2020.
2020 definitely established itself as one for the history books, and that now includes the 2020 Hurricane Season.
Atlantic hurricane season began on Monday. It runs every year from June 1 through Nov. 30. That doesn’t mean, however, that hurricanes only form between those dates.
In fact, this year was the sixth consecutive year in which the first named storm formed before June 1.
For a name to be used, a tropical disturbance must develop into a tropical storm, which requires maximum sustained winds of at least 39 mph.
Tropical Storm Arthur formed off the North Carolina coast on May 16.
Prior to this year’s early development, 2019 brought us Subtropical Storm Andrea on May 20 of that year. Tropical Storm Alberto made its debut on May 25, 2018. Tropical Storm Arlene formed on April 19, 2017. The 2016 hurricane season brought a real surprise: Hurricane Alex formed on Jan. 12, 2016. Tropical Storm Ana formed on May 8, 2015.
But not to be outdone, Tropical Storm Bertha decided to fool everyone by maintaining a relatively disorganized center until about 90 minutes before landfall when it became the second named storm to form before June 1. It became Bertha on May 27.
If you think it’s rare for two named storms to form before hurricane season’s official kickoff, you’d be correct. It happened in 2016 — Tropical Storm Bonnie, formed on May 27. It also happened on May 26, 2012, when Tropical Storm Beryl formed. In fact, Beryl tied a record with an unnamed storm that formed on May 26, 1908, as the second-earliest forming second storm of the season. The earliest second storm ever to form goes all the way back to May 17, 1887.
For the record, they didn’t begin naming tropical storms and hurricanes until 1953.
But then 2020 had to remind us of what a strange, out of this world year it set out to be.
Tropical Storm Cristobal formed on June 2, 2020, becoming the earliest-forming third storm in history.
There’s still time to make history again this hurricane season: if the fourth storm of the season forms before June 20, it will be the earliest fourth storm.
But it’d be fine with me if the season calmed down sooner rather than later.
I hate hurricanes. I hate hurricane season.
And I’d just as soon not have any more calamities this year. I think most of us have more than had our fill.