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Satellite photo from Sept. 3, 2019, shows, from left, Fernand, Doian and Gabrielle. (Photo from NOAA)

Early Look: 2020 Hurricane Season Might Be Above Average

Preliminary 2020 Atlantic hurricane season forecasts are suggesting an above average hurricane season .

In the early assessment of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, which will begin on June 1, forecasters from the National Hurricane Center and other agencies are suggesting an above average hurricane season due to a combination of neutral La Nina conditions, an active Western African Monsoon, above average ocean temperatures and the possibility of lower than average wind shear conditions.

At least 15 named storms are forecast, eight of which are expected to become hurricanes. Three of those hurricanes are expected to become major hurricanes – storms that become Category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

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