Researchers at Colorado State University announced their prediction for a more active hurricane season in 2020.
An average season would see 2.7 major hurricanes from Jun. 1- Nov. 30, and 2020 is forecasted to bring up to eight hurricanes with four reaching moderate to strong intensity. Colorado State’s models also suggest four more named tropical storms than usual, bringing that total up to 16 for the coming season.
More frequent tropical storms could have some impact on the cane sugar industry. Any immediate addition to the U.S. sugar supply will need to come from coastal cane refiners, given the short beet crop resulting from last year’s harvest freeze and Mexico’s smaller crop. Cane refineries will therefore have their work cut out for them this coming summer: They will need to run at an extremely high capacity utilization rate, which could be jeopardized with more tropical storm activity.
A satellite view of the surface ocean temperature anomalies along the equatorial Atlantic
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