The 2020 hurricane season begins today and runs through November 30. Researchers at Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project are predicting above-average activity this season, with 16 named storms, eight of which are expected to reach hurricane strength and four of which are expected to reach Category 3 or higher. The researchers stated that there is a 69 percent chance that one of the major storms makes landfall along the coast. The absence of El Niño, presence of La Niña, and warmer sea surface temperatures are significant contributors to this forecast.
Now is the time to make a customized hurricane plan to protect your boat over the next 183 days. BoatUS offers a range of videos and other resources to help you prepare, including information about how to set lines that will remain in the water, DIY projects for making a fender board, and advice on choosing the best marina for a hurricane. Access these resources and other hurricane tools here.