SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN – It’s now two and half months into the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, and only two named storms have formed this year, and Meteorologist at the Colorado State University says that this is making the season the slowest year since 1999.
The first system was a sub-tropical storm named Andrea that formed in May (20th) before the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season of June 1st (ending November 30th) east of the U.S. East Coast and south of Bermuda. Andrea marked the record fifth year in a row where a tropical storm (sub) developed before the official start of the season.
No storms formed in the month of June.
The second storm Barry formed on July 11 in the Gulf of Mexico and later strengthened into the first hurricane of the season (Category 1).
The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season is now the second latest-starting season of the 21st century.
Weather watchers are saying that the window for increased hurricane activity is slowly nearing as wind shear, dry air and Sahara dust – inhibitors of tropical storm development – diminish opening the door for tropical development after August 18/20.
Weather watchers added that a big change in the pattern over the Atlantic will go from a quiet weather pattern to a much more active one, pointing out that the season could be an extended one up to the end of October.
Last year there were 15 named storms and the National Hurricane Center forecast up to 17 named storms for 2019.
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