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2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season (Cosmo224)
HL2020SeasonTrk
Season summary map
Seasonal boundaries
First system formedMay 17, 2020
Last system dissipatedDecember 1, 2020
Strongest storm
NameLaura
 • Maximum winds205 mph (335 km/h)
 • Lowest pressure867 mbar (hPa; 25.6 inHg)
Seasonal statistics
Total depressions20
Total storms20
Hurricanes17
Major hurricanes
(Cat. 3+)
13
Total fatalities854,557, over 2.5 million missing
Total damage$1.35 trillion (2020 USD)
Atlantic hurricane seasons

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season was an extremely violent hurricane season. It had 20 storms, the second highest after 2005, but had the highest number of hurricanes and major hurricanes by a long shot (18 vs 15 and 13 vs 8). Also known as the end of Florida.

Most of the post-Laura deaths were caused by people not having any homes and drowning when other storms came. In 2020 the population of Florida dropped by 54% due to starvation, thirst, and hurricanes.

Due to the insanity of the tracks, storm formation and dissipation dates may not always be the same as indicated by the tracks.

Season Summary

Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale

Tropical Storm Arthur

The first storm of this originally pretty orderly season.

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north 
DurationMay 17 – May 25
Peak intensity60 mph (95 km/h) (1-min)  995 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Bertha

Fish storm.

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north 
DurationJune 5 – June 11
Peak intensity70 mph (110 km/h) (1-min)  986 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Cristobal

Made landfall in Florida as a TS. No deaths, $2.2 million damages.

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north 
DurationJune 17 – June 20
Peak intensity60 mph (95 km/h) (1-min)  990 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Dolly

A sad TS.

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north 
DurationJuly 8 – July 13
Peak intensity50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  996 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Edouard

Made landfall in NC as a Category 2 hurricane. $447 million damages, 5 deaths. Curved quickly and made landfall in Mexico as a 45-mph TS.

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north 
DurationJuly 20 – August 2
Peak intensity100 mph (155 km/h) (1-min)  979 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Fay

Made landfall in Florida as a Category 2 hurricane. $765 million damage, 8 deaths.

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north 
DurationAugust 3 – August 8
Peak intensity105 mph (170 km/h) (1-min)  972 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Gonzalo

Made landfall in Florida, like Fay, but as a Cat 3 hurricane. $1.4 billion damage, 32 deaths.

Category 3 hurricane (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north 
DurationAugust 12 – August 18
Peak intensity120 mph (195 km/h) (1-min)  960 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Hanna

A sad, sad fish hurricane that failed to make landfall anywhere.

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north 
DurationAugust 20 – August 29 (exited basin)
Peak intensity105 mph (170 km/h) (1-min)  970 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Isaias

Made landfall in Florida as a Category 1. $228 million damage, 17 deaths.

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north 
DurationAugust 27 – September 1
Peak intensity80 mph (130 km/h) (1-min)  984 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Josephine

Made landfall in Florida as a Category 4. $21.5 billion damage, 64 deaths.

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north 
DurationSeptember 3 – September 10
Peak intensity130 mph (210 km/h) (1-min)  939 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Kyle

Made landfall in Florida as a Category 3. Became a Category 5 later. $10.4 billion damage, 57 deaths.

Category 5 hurricane (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north 
DurationSeptember 8 – September 24 (Exited basin)
Peak intensity175 mph (280 km/h) (1-min)  905 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Laura

Often considered the worst ever. Despite the six previous hurricanes, most of Florida was still relatively unscathed until Laura came about. Explosively intensified to a 205-mph cat 5 before weakening to 165 mph. Strengthened again to 185 mph before making landfall in Miami. Went extratropical over the Northeast.

Caused the catastrophic failure of many dams, dropping 90 inches of rain in some areas, which smashed a 34-foot (10.3 metre) storm surge into Lake Okeechobee causing the catastrophic failure of many dikes and levees. Despite the largest mandatory evacuation in history (tens of millions of people), over 95% were still trapped in storm areas by landfall. Was also 700 miles wide. Death toll between 785,000 and 2 million, caused the near-total destruction of Miami and South Florida with damage between $750 billion and $1.2 trillion.

92% of the deaths were due to people attempting to evacuate getting trapped in their cars.

Category 5 hurricane (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north 
DurationSeptember 12 – September 27
Peak intensity205 mph (335 km/h) (1-min)  867 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Marco

Just another C3 Florida landfall, near Tampa. Curved away and made landfall in NC as a C3. I forgot to track it, probably because of the insane storm count.

Category 3 hurricane (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north 
DurationSeptember 15 – September 25
Peak intensity115 mph (185 km/h) (1-min)  964 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Nana

Probably the most ridiculous storm ever. Made landfall in Florida as a C5 after EIing, curved and exited into the Atlantic as a TS, weakened to a TD, strengthened again to a C3 and made landfall in Mexico, came out as a TS, skimmed the Yucatán as a strong TS, strengthened to a C2, made landfall in Brazil, came out as a TD, strengthened again to a C4, made landfall in Africa, slowly weakened before suddenly explosively weakening to a TD, came out, strengthened to a category 1 hurricane and then dissipated due to wind shear.

$177.4-228 billion damage, 14,684 to 100,000 deaths, most in Florida.

Category 5 hurricane (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north 
DurationSeptember 22 – October 12
Peak intensity185 mph (295 km/h) (1-min)  898 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Omar

Rapidly intensified in the Gulf of Mexico before making a mid-C4 Texas landfall. $77.5 billion damage, 87 deaths.

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north 
DurationSeptember 29 – October 8
Peak intensity140 mph (225 km/h) (1-min)  935 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Paulette

Another Florida Cat 3 landfall. Stalled this time. $24.6 to 115 billion damage, 27,224 to 80,000 deaths.

Category 3 hurricane (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north 
DurationOctober 7 – October 16
Peak intensity120 mph (195 km/h) (1-min)  953 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Rene

Fish storm.

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north 
DurationOctober 19 – October 25
Peak intensity110 mph (175 km/h) (1-min)  970 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Sally

Cat 3 Florida landfall. $37.6 to 130 billion damage | 37,564 to 100,000 deaths.

Category 3 hurricane (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north 
DurationOctober 27 – November 4
Peak intensity125 mph (205 km/h) (1-min)  948 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Teddy

Category 1 fish storm.

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north 
DurationNovember 8 – November 14
Peak intensity80 mph (130 km/h) (1-min)  982 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Vicky

Also not tracked due to forgetting. But was a fish storm.

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north 
DurationNovember 20 – December 1
Peak intensity105 mph (165 km/h) (1-min)  975 mbar (hPa)

Retirements

The names Fay, Gonzalo, Josephine, Kyle, Laura, Nana, Omar, Paulette, and Sally were retired after the 2020 season.

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