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June 1 marks the first day of Atlantic Hurricane season and for the sixth year in a row it is already off to an early and active start. Tropical Storms Arthur and Bertha have already been named, with Bertha on May 27th becoming the first named tropical cyclone to make landfall in the US of the 2020 hurricane season – before it had even officially started. If a third tropical cyclone develops in the Gulf of Mexico this week it will become the earliest named tropical system on record, and could possibly become the season’s second US land-falling tropical system. An active subtropical Pacific jet stream throughout the winter deflected most cold shots from reaching the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, and Subtropical Atlantic. The mild winter left Sea Surface Temperatures (SSTs) above normal at the start of spring, giving the Atlantic Basin a head start to reaching the 26°C (79°F)…