It’s the Official Start of Hurricane Season and There’s Activity in the Gulf

June 1 is the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season although we already have two named storms in the books from an early start, as a tropical disturbance in the Gulf has a 70% chance of development; plus more of today’s weather news and forecast.

The Atlantic hurricane officially season starts today

Monday, June 1 is the “official” start of hurricane season for 2020, although it got off to an early start. It began ahead of schedule on May 16 when Tropical Storm Arthur formed off the Florida coast. The second named storm of the season occurred on May 27, when Tropical Storm Bertha formed off the coast of South Carolina.

Forecasters are predicting an above-average hurricane season this year, with 6-10 hurricanes, 3-6 of which could develop into major hurricanes, and 13-19 named storms.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.

Eastern Pacific sees its first named storm of the season

The Eastern Pacific hurricane season began on May 15 but saw its first named storm of the season on May 31 when tropical storm Amanda developed near Guatemala.

The remnants of Amanda are located over northern Guatemala but could move to the Northwest or North, potentially emerging over the southwesternmost area of the Gulf of Mexico in the Bay of Campeche.

Amanda could develop as new storm Cristobal in the Atlantic

Storms in the Eastern Pacific have a different list of names, therefore, if the storm formally known as Amanda re-develops in the Gulf of Mexico, it could become the third named storm of the Atlantic season and be rechristened with the name Cristobal.

Forecasters are giving the storm a 70 percent chance of developing into a tropical storm in the next five days.

Today’s US weather: June 1, 2020

West: San Francisco 66, partly cloudy; Los Angeles 81, mostly cloudy; Reno 72, mostly cloudy; Las Vegas 101, partly cloudy; Salt Lake City 94, sunny; Denver 90, mostly cloudy.

Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 67, partly cloudy; Medford 79, rain; Boise 73, mostly cloudy; Billings 80, mostly sunny; Minot 86, sunny; Rapid City 85, sunny.

Southwest: Phoenix 106, partly cloudy; Albuquerque 89, partly cloudy; El Paso 94, sunny; San Antonio 78, thunderstorms; Brownsville 85, thunderstorms.

Central & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 85, partly cloudy; Dallas 88, partly cloudy; Oklahoma City 86, partly cloudy; Kansas City 87, mostly sunny, Minneapolis 89, partly cloudy.

Ohio Valley: Chicago 75, rain; St. Louis 82, mostly sunny; Detroit 74, mostly sunny; Cincinnati 77, mostly sunny.

South: Houston 85, rain; New Orleans 89, partly cloudy; Memphis 87, mostly sunny; Atlanta 82, partly cloudy; Charlotte 78, sunny; Jacksonville 83, rain; Tampa 92, thunderstorms; Miami 87, partly cloudy.

East: Norfolk 71, mostly sunny; Washington, D.C. 75, mostly sunny; Buffalo 62, mostly sunny; New York City 73, mostly sunny; Boston 65, partly cloudy; Caribou 54, partly cloudy.