|July Hurricane History|
UPDATED July 1, 2013
By WeatherBug Meteorologists
|The threat for a tropical storm or hurricane is much higher in July but rather small when compared to the remainder of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. |
On average, by the time July ends, two named storms would have formed in the Atlantic Hurricane basin. This is about one-fifth of the number of storms that form in an average year, with the months of August and September seeing the most storm activity.
Any storms that do form will likely develop in three regions of the Atlantic basin: the Gulf of Mexico and northern Caribbean, just east of the Leeward Islands and in an area of the western Atlantic stretching from the Bahamas north along the Florida coast and up to Cape Hatteras.
Last year was a busy start to the season in May and June but July was quiet. Following Alberto, Beryl, Chris and Debby in May and June, no named storms formed in July. A tropical wave that exited the west coast of Africa on July 27 became a tropical depression but not until August 1. This storm eventually became Hurricane Ernesto and made landfall in the Banco Chinchorro Islands of Mexico in early August.
In 2011, there were three named storms in July. In 2010, two named storms formed in July while both the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico had no storm development in 2009.
This followed an active 2008 when three named systems, including major hurricane Bertha and hurricane Dolly, formed. Bertha was record setting as it became the longest-lived Atlantic July tropical system on record. Dolly came ashore in extreme southern Texas as an 80-mph hurricane, causing an estimated $1.05 billion in damage.
In record-shattering 2005, the tropics were unusually active with five named tropical systems developing. Of the five named system, three of them, Cindy, Dennis and Emily, became hurricanes. Emily and Dennis both grew into major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher), with Emily growing into a Category 5 monster with an estimated 160-mph top wind speed.
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