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2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season continues to shatter records

3 years 6 months 1 week ago Thursday, November 12 2020 Nov 12, 2020 November 12, 2020 2:45 PM November 12, 2020 in Weather
Source: WBRZ Weather

The 2020 hurricane season has been nothing short of active from the beginning. Every single named storm besides Arthur and Bertha have broken records for the earliest named storms on record.

It all began with Cristobal becoming the earliest C-named storm on record in the Atlantic basin, named on June 2. The previous record was held by Colin on June 5, 2016. Cristobal was also part of the A-named storm in the Pacific before crossing Mexico into the Gulf. Since then, every storm has broken the previous record, mostly set back in the 2005 hurricane season.

So far, we have had 29 named storms, 13 of which were hurricanes. 5 were major hurricanes (Cat. 3 or higher). Those storms were Laura, Teddy, Delta, Epsilon and Eta.

Six of those hurricanes have made landfall in the United States: Hanna, Isaias, Laura, Sally, Delta and Zeta.

Hurricane Laura still stands as the strongest and most deadly storm of the 2020 hurricane season. Laura made landfall near Cameron, LA with winds of 150 mph and a minimum pressure of 937 millibars. Hurricane Laura tied the record as the strongest storm to make landfall in Louisiana, in terms of wind speed, with the 1856 "Last Island" hurricane.

2005 previously held the record for the most named storms in a hurricane season, with 28 named storms that year. Now that Theta has been named, it takes this season's number to 29, giving the 2020 season the record holder for the most named storms in a single season.

Louisiana broke a record of its own as well, being the first state to ever have five landfalls in one season.

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