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Tropical check up!

by Ben Pine

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 9, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Tropical Storm Chantal is the 3rd named storm of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season.  The storm has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, it's moving WNW at 26 mph.  The storm could be near the Bahamas by this weekend.  At this time, Chantal is not expected to become a hurricane. 

Notice on the chart below, typically by this time of year there is just one named storm.  The first hurricane on average occurs August 10th.  So, we are a little ahead of a normal season, and it's still just the beginning of the hurricane season.

Table 1. Progress of the average Atlantic season (1966-2009). Date upon which the following number of events would normally have occurred.
Number Named systems Hurricanes Category 3 or greater
1 July 9 Aug 10 Sep 4
2 Aug 1 Aug 28 Oct 3
3 Aug 13 Sep 9 -
4 Aug 23 Sep 21 -
5 Aug 31 Oct 7 -
6 Sep 8 Nov 23 -
7 Sep 16 - -
8 Sep 24 - -
9 Oct 4 - -
10 Oct 19 - -
11 Nov 23 - -

Graphs and charts from the National Hurricane Center.

 

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