Hurricane season in the Atlantic has been quite active this year. But knowing what 2020 has been so far, I suppose this just makes sense! (Anecdotally, but also scientifically.)
The most recent, hurricane Hanna, made landfall in southern Texas (twice, technically). Hanna’s first landfall was on Padre Island, Texas at 5:00 P.M. on July 25th with sustained winds of 90 mph. Second landfall was just over an hour later at 6:15 P.M. At Kennedy County, TX with sustained winds of 90 mph and gusts up to 115 mph. Hurricane Hanna reached category 1 on the Saffir-Simpson scale and was the first hurricane of the 2020 season.
Hurricane Douglas in the Pacific recently skirted the north side of Hawaii. It is now a tropical storm and is out over open waters in the Pacific.
Most eyes are now on a potential tropical cyclone in the Atlantic. Potential tropical cyclone nine will likely become tropical storm Isaías over the next 24 hours. It’s current forecast track would bring impacts to Florida on Sunday, August 2nd.
The Atlantic is plenty warm right now, with water temperatures in the mid 80s. It needs to be above 79 degrees for hurricane formation. The rest of the 2020 hurricane season is expected to be active. We appear to be on track with the NOAA hurricane season outlook, especially since peak hurricane season is typically mid-August through late October.
Thankfully, we are not forecasting any hurricanes for Nebraska this year!