A storm off the coast of North Carolina accelerated and officially became Tropical Storm Omar on Tuesday,media CNET reported. The tropical storm also broke a record for the Atlantic hurricane season. “Omar is the 15th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season and the earliest storm on record, about a week ahead of the previous 2005 “Ophelia,” NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center said Wednesday. “
NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Suomi NPP satellite have tracked the storm over the past few days. Strong upper winds have been weakening the storm.
NOAA had previously predicted that the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season was likely to be “above normal.” Omar is not currently a threat to land, but it was formed shortly after Hurricane Laura entered Louisiana and wrath.
Omar’s trajectory has taken it off the U.S. coastline, but its presence early in the season is not a good sign. A “busy and intense” hurricane season could become the new normal for global warming. Scientists are studying the link between climate change and everything from wildfires to floods. A study published earlier this year also suggested that climate change was to blame for the hurricane’s strength.
The Atlantic tropical storm in 2020 has 21 approved names. After “Omar,” Paulette, Rene, Sally, Teddy, Vicky and Wilfred are on the list. The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season will last until November 30.