Even though this is the last thing we need to hear in the heart of the Covid-19 crisis, Colorado State University has released their 2020 hurricane forecast for the Atlantic basin and it's not a good one .
The forecast calls for an above-average season with 16 named storms, 8 hurricanes and 4 major hurricanes. El Nino conditions which normally increases upper level wind shear over the Caribbean and Atlantic, will be absent this season, allowing more storms to develop and make their way across the Atlantic being disrupted by the stronger upper level winds.
Also, water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico and portions of the Atlantic are warmer-than-average, with the Gulf of Mexico nearly two degrees above-average.
Hurricane season begins on June 1st and ends November 30th.
FOX 4 CHIEF METEOROLOGIST DEREK BEASLEY