EDITOR’S BLOG: NOAA is Still Calling for an “Extremely Active” remainder of the 2020 Hurricane Season. Here’s Why.
September 2, 2020 | Editor's Blog | By: Joy Crist | 1
On August 6, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) revised their annual hurricane outlook for 2020. Initially released in May, NOAA’s revised report stated that the Atlantic Basin could have noticeably more named storms than expected, leading to an “Extremely Active” remainder of the 2020 hurricane season. Certainly, the days and weeks that followed the August update had some heightened activity, (like last week’s Laura, which made landfall in Louisiana as a category 4 hurricane), but local storm watchers have noted that the predicted “extreme activity” hasn’t quite come to fruition yet – at least, not along the Outer Banks. So why did NOAA forecasters bump up their 2020 hurricane forecast, and should Hatteras and Ocracoke island residents be concerned? Here’s a closer look at why the number of storms predicted for this year have increased, and what [...] Editor's Blog | Full Article