The official start of the 2020 hurricane season is June 1st. to November 30th.. But there has already been two named storms., Arthur on May 16th. and tropical storm Bertha on May 27th.
The latest word from the Belize National Meteorological Service (BNMS) is that “hurricanes and cyclones may form outside the official hurricane season”.
There is also a FLOOD ALERT for this weekend, due to a tropical wave that is approaching Central America. The digitalBelize.LIVE weekend audio report was made at 7pm Friday May 29th. from the Belize National Met Service.
Today (May 29th.) a list of the new names for the season was released by BNMS
The National Met Service said, via a press release
“The 2020 forecast is suggesting that tropical cyclone activity will be above normal in the Atlantic Basin (North Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico). The prediction is for there to be thirteen to nineteen (13 to 19) named storms, of those six to ten (6 to 10) are expected to become hurricanes and three to six (3 to 6) are expected to become major hurricanes (Category 3 or stronger).
An average season in the Atlantic Basin consists of twelve (12) named storms, six (6) hurricanes and two (2) major hurricanes. The main factors that were used to forecast an active 2020 Atlantic hurricane season are:
What Does this Mean for Belize?
There is no strong correlation between the number of storms or hurricanes that form in any given season to the number of storms that make landfall in Belize. One or more of the 13 to 19 named storms forecast to develop this season could hit the country, or none at all. Therefore history teaches us, as a nation located in such a vulnerable area, we should be prepared each year no matter what is the forecast is. – end quote –