Seems eerily familiar, doesn’t it? A tropical storm forms in the Atlantic Ocean before the official start of hurricane season, June 1. The feature image is from NOAA late Sunday afternoon.

Say hello to Arthur, the storm.

Beginnings of Arthur on May 15

ECC writes about tropical systems because they have a profound impact on power.

Forecast wind speeds from NOAA, Sunday 8 pm

An early start to the storm season ought to seem familiar because every year since 2015 a tropical storm happened before June 1.

You know the drill. Get ready for hurricane season. This season has been predicted to be a stronger than usual season. Eight predicted hurricanes. Four of them major. Almost a 70 percent chance that a big one will make landfall on the US coast. (Source)

2018’s Hurricane Michael. Image: Duke Energy

The pandemic makes it a strange year, but in an odder way, too. The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) did a survey of people in hurricane-prone areas about storm preparedness during the pandemic. “66% of respondents stated they were either extremely likely, moderately likely, or slightly more likely to ‘prepare for the 2020 Hurricane Season due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic’ compared to 16% who reported the opposite.”

Hurricane Michael restoration. Image: Dominion Energy

So, preparing for one emergency may help some people better prepare for a storm, too.

Science may suggest to be ready for more intense storms. A warming environment provides more natural fuel for hurricanes, and we are getting warmer. As sea levels rise there can be a greater chance for floods, too. “Warmer air also holds more atmospheric water vapor, which enables tropical storms to strengthen and unleash more precipitation.” (Source)

That being said, here are the names of the storms for this season.