- The Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season runs from June 1 through November 30.
- The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season produced 18 named storms.
- There were 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes during the 2019 season.
The 2020 Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season begins on June 1 and runs through November 30. There is some indication that this season could be ‘above normal’ according to the NOAA Climate Prediction Center. That observation is deserving of some context, however, and due to the NOAA prediction methodology isn’t a certainty. According to NOAA’s analysis there is a 60% chance of an above normal season, a 30% chance of a near normal season and a 10% chance of a below normal season. That means there’s a 40% chance of a normal or below normal season.
National Hurricane Preparedness Week ran May 3 through 9th of this year but was all but ignored due to the wall to wall media coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a typical year, most of the states at risk of a hurricane strike have their own preparedness weeks but this year they’ve been lost in the COVID-19 shuffle at best and canceled (or ignored) at worst. In South Carolina, for example, the annual hurricane preparedness event was rolled into a ‘Severe Weather and Flood Preparedness Week’. In theory, there’s nothing wrong with that but that week was March 8 through 14. There’s clearly a lot of value to have a reminder of how to be safe in a hurricane just before the start of the tropical storm season. South Carolina has also not had the opportunity to update their official state hurricane guide so the 2019 version is the most current:
There is at least one potential problem relative to tropical storms brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Doing a large scale evacuation and/or opening a municipal storm shelter is not a good time to maintain social distancing. Fortunately, the later part of the season is usually when most of the activity occurs so hopefully if evacuations are necessary that will make them less problematic.
Due to massive technological advance over the past couple of decades the prediction of severe weather has never been more precise and it’s becoming more accurate with each passing year. More than most other types of severe weather, hurricanes generate a ton of statistical data annually and the study of this information allows even greater insight on how storms form and move and what determines where and when they’ll make landfall. For us at SPORTS INSIDER it also provides the imnformation we need to set variety of proposition betting odds on the upcoming Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season. That being said, however, hurricanes remain highly unpredictable and that’s likely why scientists, meteorologists, writers, filmmakers and the general public continue to be fascinated with them.
2020 ATLANTIC BASIN HURRICANE SEASON BETTING ODDS
TOTAL NUMBER OF ATLANTIC BASIN NAMED STORMS DURING 2020 SEASON?
Over 14.5 -150 Under 14.5 +130
TOTAL NUMBER OF ATLANTIC BASIN HURRICANES DURING 2020 SEASON?
Over 6.5 -180 Under 6.5 +150
TOTAL NUMBER OF ATLANTIC BASIN MAJOR HURRICANES DURING 2020 SEASON (CATEGORY 3,4 OR 5)?
Over 2.5 -150 Under 2.5 +130
WILL THERE BE A CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE IN THE ATLANTIC BASIN DURING 2020 SEASON?
Yes +210 No -250
WILL THERE BE A CATEGORY 4 OR 5 HURRICANE IN THE ATLANTIC BASIN DURING 2020 SEASON?
Yes -180 No +150
WILL THERE BE AN ‘OUT OF SEASON’ ATLANTIC BASIN TROPICAL STORM FORMATION ON OR AFTER DECEMBER 1, 2020 AND BEFORE OR ON MAY 31, 2021?
Yes +750 No -1500
TOTAL NAMED STORM DAYS (MEANING THAT AN ACTIVE STORM EXISTS WITHIN A 24 HOUR PERIOD) IN 2020 ATLANTIC BASIN SEASON WILL BE?
Over 54.5 -135
Under 54.5 +115
TOTAL HURRICANE DAYS (MEANING THAT AN ACTIVE HURRICANE EXISTS WITHIN A 24 HOUR PERIOD) IN 2020 ATLANTIC BASIN SEASON WILL BE?
Over 21.5 -125 Under 21.5 +105
TOTAL MAJOR HURRICANE DAYS (MEANING THAT AN ACTIVE CATEGORY 3,4 OR 5 HURRICANE EXISTS WITHIN A 24 HOUR PERIOD) IN 2020 ATLANTIC BASIN SEASON WILL BE?
Over 4.5 -150
Under 4.5 +130
WILL A MAJOR HURRICANE (CATEGORIES 3,4 AND 5) MAKE LANDFALL IN THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES DURING THE 2020 HURRICANE SEASON?
Yes +105 No -125
For purposes of grading this proposition East Coast includes Florida Peninsula
WILL A MAJOR HURRICANE (CATEGORIES 3,4 AND 5) MAKE LANDFALL ON THE EAST COAST OF THE UNITED STATES DURING THE 2020 HURRICANE SEASON?
Yes +115 No -135
For purposes of grading this proposition Gulf Coast includes Florida Panhandle to Brownsville, Texas inclusive.
WILL A MAJOR HURRICANE (CATEGORIES 3,4 AND 5) MAKE LANDFALL IN THE CARIBBEAN DURING THE 2020 HURRICANE SEASON?
Yes -150 No +130
FIRST MAJOR HURRICANE (CATEGORIES 3,4 AND 5) OF 2020 TO MAKE LANDFALL?
Caribbean +100 US Eastern Coastline +250 US Gulf Coast +250 No Major Hurricane To Make Landfall in 2020 +450
For purposes of grading this proposition East Coast includes Florida Peninsula; Gulf Coast includes Florida Panhandle to Brownsville, Texas inclusive.
THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF ATLANTIC BASIN NAMED STORM FORMATIONS FOR 2020 SEASON WILL OCCUR IN WHICH MONTH?
THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF ATLANTIC BASIN HURRICANE FORMATIONS FOR 2020 SEASON WILL OCCUR IN WHICH MONTH?
THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF ATLANTIC BASIN MAJOR HURRICANE FORMATIONS (CATEGORIES 3,4 AND 5) FOR 2020 SEASON WILL OCCUR IN WHICH MONTH?
THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF HURRICANES TO MAKE LANDFALL ON US MAINLAND DURING 2020 SEASON WILL OCCUR IN WHICH MONTH?