Just how busy a start has it been to the tropical cyclone season in the North Atlantic?

There has been a lot of media hype concerning the ‘fast start’ the 2020 tropical cyclones season has apparently got off to in the North Atlantic. I spent some time in a rather tedious bit of programming to try and prove or disprove what the media have concocted so far about this season. I did hear that it was the first year on record with three tropical storms before the start of June, which although true to me underlines how forensically each and every vortex is minutely examined by the NHC these days. I also heard that some people are suggesting that the North Atlantic season should be extended by starting it in on the first of May rather than the first of June, this suggestion has probably been put forward by the same people who want to extend the Saffir-Simpson scale up to category six or higher. The stats do show that 2020 was indeed a quick starter, but at the moment looking at aggregated ACE index it’s only in fourteenth position in the HURDAT2 series which started in 1851. If it’s quick starts you are after, then 1951 looks the year to beat, and there was nothing fly around in orbit then. Incidentally 1951 finished only 36th in the highest ACE years, so quick start years don’t always stick the course.

Aggregate Ace Index
1851-2019
1 January – 15 June
Ranked on ACE
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