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Hurricane season takes a breather, but activity could ramp up again in October
The fierce 2020 hurricane season appears to be taking a breather.
For the first time in weeks, no tropical storms or hurricanes are spinning anywhere in the Atlantic Basin, which includes the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, according to the National Hurricane Center.
And, as of Thursday, no storms are forecast to develop over at least the next five days.
So far this year, a whopping 23 named storms have formed. This is about double the average for an entire season. The 23 storms have included two Greek-letter named storms (Alpha and Beta), which became necessary when the seasonal list of 21 regular names was exhausted.
The U.S. has already experienced nine landfalls from tropical systems so far this year, which ties 1916 for the most in one season, AccuWeather said.
Very few parts of the eastern and southern coasts have been spared: The only portion of the entire Gulf and East Coasts that has not been under some form of storm surge, tropical storm, or hurricane watch or warning this year is the west coast of Florida, the Weather Channel reported.
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Looking ahead, the weather next week won’t feel very tropical in much of the central, eastern and southern U.S., where an unusual (for October) invasion of Arctic air is forecast.
Some record cold temperatures are possible by the middle to end of the week, especially in the Midwest, where frosts and freezes look to be widespread.
Unfortunately, while the eastern half of the nation shivers, the weather looks to be very hot and dry in the parched West next week. The Western heat will exacerbate the wildfire threat there.
“For many in the West the heat wave that will build next week will only add to what’s already been an arduous wildfire season fraught with widespread drought,” AccuWeather meteorologist Jake Sojda said. Some record highs are possible.
As for hurricanes, the break may only be temporary: “Given the extremely warm Caribbean and the push toward La Niña conditions, I do expect the rest of the season to be quite active,” Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach told the Capital Weather Gang.
La Niña, a natural cooling of ocean water in the central Pacific Ocean, tends to increase hurricane activity in the Atlantic Basin.
The Caribbean may be one place to watch in October:
“Computer forecasts continue to show the development of a large counterclockwise wind pattern over Central America, commonly referred to as a gyre, later next week. This could lead to the development of an organized tropical system in the southern Caribbean during early October,” AccuWeather’s lead hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski said.
And we still have over two months to go: The hurricane season won’t come to its merciful end until Nov. 30, although storms have been known to form in December.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Hurricane season takes a breather, but activity could ramp up again in October
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