In 2020, Record-Breaking Hurricanes Arrived Early—and Often

In 2020, Record-Breaking Hurricanes Arrived Early—and Often

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season has truly been one for the record books. (Named storms are those that reach at least tropical storm strength, meaning they have wind speeds of 39 miles per hour or higher.) (The first two storms of 2020, which occurred before the official start of hurricane season, did not set records.) Hurricane Eta, the 28th storm of 2020, first became a tropical storm a whopping two months before Tropical Storm Zeta became the 28th storm of 2005. The 2020 season has been an active one in part because of very warm ocean waters that provide fertile ground for hurricanes to grow.

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