June Hurricane History
By WeatherBug Meteorologists
June, the first month of the official Atlantic hurricane season, is not often filled with tropical storm or hurricane development.
In an average year, no tropical storms or hurricanes form during the whole month of the June in the Atlantic Basin. However, the past few years have been exceptions, as tropical storms formed during the month of June.
Last year, if fact, was quite an aberration, with two storms, including the first hurricane, forming within the year`s sixth month. Two other storms jumped the gun on the official start of the season, forming in May. Tropical Storm Alberto formed on May 19, sliding along the Carolina coast before dissipating a few days later. It was followed up just a week later by Beryl, which made landfall near Jacksonville, Fla., on May 27 with winds of 70 mph.
June 2012`s first storm was the season`s first hurricane. Although Chris formed well off the Canadian Maritimes, it peaked on June 21 with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, enough to qualify as a Category 1 hurricane. Just a few days later, the second storm of June formed. Tropical Storm Debby formed in the north-central Gulf of Mexico on June 23 and then erratically moved north and northeastward before making landfall near Steinhatchee, Fla., on June 26. Debby, thanks to its slow movement, caused significant flooding across western Florida.
Statistically, half of all the Junes since modern weather records began do not see any named storms form.
If a tropical storm or hurricane is to develop in the month of June, it will usually occur in the western Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico or far western Atlantic along the East Coast. Sea-surface temperatures in these areas are warm enough to feed a developing storm.
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