The 16th named storm of the 2020 season has formed. Paulette is packing winds of 40 mph but is expected to gradually strengthen in the coming days. She is far out in the central Atlantic and is currently no threat to the US. Paulette is the earliest 16th named storm of any hurricane season, beating the previous record by a whopping 10 days. That previous record was set during the historic 2005 hurricane season.
The storm will slowly make its way across the central Atlantic this week. Notice that the closest point to the US is still way out in the Atlantic on Saturday. Paulette is not currently expected to become a hurricane, though that is certainly not out of the question.
I’ll just go ahead and let you know that the next named storm will likely form at any moment today. That storm will be Rena (pronounced Re-nay) and is expected to become a hurricane by Thursday. It, like Paulette, is far removed from the US and way out in the Atlantic.
The tropics are very active but there are no immediate threats to the US. I’ll keep ya posted on all the latest in this historic 2020 hurricane season!