National Hurricane Center issues special tropical weather outlook for Atlantic

The 2020 hurricane season doesn't start until June 1, but officials have already issued their first advisory. As of now, it is a cluster of thunderstorms that have the potential to develop into a tropical depression or tropical storm over the next 48 hours. While a fully tropical low-pressure system is not expected, a subtropical system (partially tropical) is possible and if strong enough could get a name.

If the storm continues to become more defined, the hurricane center will reclassify it as a tropical or subtropical depression.

Forecasters say the system could bring winds and rain to our coast as it moves northeast. There are a few favourable characteristics in place such as warm ocean temperatures in the Atlantic near the US southeast coast.

Later in the weekend and early next week, the low is expected to move generally northeastward over the western Atlantic near or east of the Carolinas.

While the system will remain weak and will not give us any serious problems, it is a reminder that hurricane season is fast approaching and you must be prepared BEFORE any storm arrives.

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Hazardous marine conditions, too, And these will spread northward Saturday into Monday, likely causing risky surf and rip currents along much of the southeast and mid-Atlantic coasts of the U.S.

It is these sea surface temperatures and the possibility of La Niña forming that have most seasonal forecasters calling for an active, possibly even extremely active, Atlantic Hurricane season.

"This storm will be named Arthur", Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean said Wednesday on "Fox & Friends First". Tropical Storm Arlene formed in April 2017, succeeded by Tropical Storm Alberto in May 2018 and Tropical Storm Andrea from a year ago.

AccuWeather's long-range forecasting team is predicting 14 to 20 tropical storms, of which seven to 11 will become hurricanes. Four are expected to reach major hurricane strength with winds greater than 111 miles per hour.

  • Douglas Reid