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Hurricane Humberto path: First hurricane of the season

September 11, 2013 - 10:40 AM
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We've had our fair share of tropical storms this 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, but up until this morning there had been no hurricanes.

We've had our fair share of tropical storms this 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, but up until this morning there had been no hurricanes. As of the 5am Wednesday (Sept.11th) update from the National Hurricane Center, Humberto strengthened into a hurricane in the far eastern Atlantic. 

NASA GOES

If Humberto had reached hurricane status tomorrow, it would have been the latest date for a hurricane to develop in the Atlantic.  Hurricane Gustav will remain the latest forming hurricane, since it developed on September 11th.  Wait, that's when Humberto formed, right?  Kind of, but not quite.  Gustav didn't reach hurricane status until the 8am update from the National Hurricane Center.  Humberto was named a hurricane at 5am from the NHC. 

As the graphic above states, it's important to note that even though these are the latest forming hurricanes, these years didn't all end in a slow hurricane season.  In fact, September of 2001 had a total of nine hurricanes. 

We are now just past the peak of hurricane season.  The Atlantic temperatures are warmest in the late summer and early fall, which is one of the main factors in hurricane development.

NOAA

The two active tropical systems in the Atlantic (Tropical Storm Gabrielle) and Hurricane Humberto) both pose no immediate threat on the U.S.  Here's the latest track map for both storms. 

We'll continue to watch the tropics very closely over the next several months.  It was late October last year when hurricane Sandy slammed into the Northeast. 

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