Atlantic Hurricane Season Could Go Greek Soon

< 1 min read With increased activity in the tropics, hurricane names could dip into the Greek alphabet before the end of the season.

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Photo Credit: (Anandu Vinod) Stormy clouds at night.

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By: Dustin Staples | dstaples1@radford.edu

As the year 2020 continues to put on more eventful and historic moments in our lifetime, let’s add another thing: Greek hurricanes.

Since the start of the season Jun. 1, the tropics have been more active than they have over the last decade. National Hurricane Center (NHC) has used at least 85 percent of the currently named storms, according to the Atlantic Basin Storm Name list. On Wednesday, Sept. 9, the NHC has four named storms left on the forecasted list: Sally, Teddy, Vickey, and Wilfred.

Even though the official end of the Hurricane Season is Nov. 30, we could go beyond and continue into the winter months.

If those storms are forecasted, which, according to NHC and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there is a high likelihood they could occur in the next few weeks, which will start in the Greek Alphabet.

The last time we were this far into the NHC list of storm names started the second week of June 2005 and continued into the first week of January 2006 – which there were a total of 27 names forecasted.

While we have 21 names this season, we could either tie with 2005 or break the remaining year off with the 26 names in the Greek Alphabet.

As for Radford’s local and long-range forecast, computer models from  Tropical Tidbits hint at a small probability with one of the incoming named storms or Greek named storms, from the Atlantic Ocean this month and into the remaining fall semester.

Even though the official end of the Hurricane Season is Nov. 30, we could go beyond and continue into the winter months.