“The 2020 hurricane season is off to an active start,” said Brian LaMarre, meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service Tampa Bay office and NOAA's regional collaboration team lead for the Gulf of Mexico. “As Tropical Storm Cristobal tracks over the Gulf of Mexico this weekend, GCOOS has innovative tools to assist in monitoring and decision-making.”

2020 is expected to have more storms and hurricanes in the Gulf and Western Atlantic Ocean due in part to neutral La Niña conditions, said GCOOS Board Member, Dr. Lynn K. (Nick) Shay, Associate Dean of Research and Professor, Department of Ocean Sciences Meteorology and Physical Oceanography Program in the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami.