If life wasn’t already difficult enough, Colorado State University Hurricane researchers predict an active 2020 hurricane season. C-S-U forecaster Jhordanne Jones says the likely absence of an El Nino is a primary factor.

“Which means the sea surface temperatures are not cold enough to suppress hurricanes activity,” said Jones.

Jones says the tropical Atlantic is also somewhat warmer than normal right now.

“When we do have warmer sea surface temperatures, we are also looking at a more unstable atmosphere, particularly when there is more moisture in the air,” said Jones.

An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes. But Jones says their forecast calls for 16 named storms, eight hurricanes, and four major hurricanes.

“Everyone, particularly in hurricane-prone areas should remain prepared going into the hurricane season, since there is likely to be hurricane development happening,’ said Jones.

The CSU report says there is a 44% chance of a major hurricane making landfall along the Gulf Coast. The average is 30%.

(Story written by Jeff Palermo/Louisiana Radio Network)