2020 is already a record hurricane season. Before the season officially began on June 1, we already had two named storms: Arthur and Bertha. Then we added Cristobal, the third named storm of the season, pushing us into the record books.
“We did set a record for the earliest third named storm formation date on record, breaking the old record set in 2016,” says Phil Klotzbach, a research scientist at Colorado State University. This means that this year was the earliest a named storm that starts with the letter “C” has formed. Even more impressive: All three of those storms had a direct impact on the US. The latter two made a direct landfall on US soil; Bertha in South Carolina, and Cristobal in Louisiana.
Timelines and links to more info
Tropical Storm Arthur
May 16, 2020 –Tropical Storm Arthur forms about 190 miles east-northeast of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
May 19, 2020 – Weakens to a post-tropical cyclone.
Tropical Storm Bertha
May 27, 2020 –Tropical Storm Bertha forms near the coast of South Carolina and then makes landfall approximately 20 miles east of Charleston.
May 28, 2020 – Weakens to a post-tropical cylcone.
Tropical Storm Cristobal
June 2, 2020 –Tropical Storm Cristobal forms in the southern Gulf of Mexico.
June 3, 2020 –Makes landfall in southern Mexico near the town of Atasta.
June 7, 2020 – Makes landfall in Louisiana.
June 8, 2020 – Weakens to a tropical depression.