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NOAA Releases Predictions for 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season

NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, released its predictions for the upcoming hurricane season Thursday morning, set to begin on June 1st.
NOAA’s predictions are for 13 – 19 named storms, 6 – 10 of which would reach hurricane strength. 3 – 9 of these would reach major hurricane strength.
The reason for the above-average prediction mainly hinge on two factors: a developing La-Niña and above-average water temperatures.
The presence of a La-Niña would mean less storm-disrupting wind shear. Hurricanes need light winds in the upper levels to grow and get stronger.
Warmer-than-average water temperatures help storms grow stronger.
The season started early with Tropical Storm Arthur named on May 17.
As with any season, get a gameplan early and know what to do if a storm threatens Acadiana.
Remember: regardless of how many storms actually form this year, it only takes one to make it a bad year.