Tracking the Tropics: A quiet start to hurricane season

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(WFLA) – It’s been a quiet start to the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, but will it stay that way?

We saw our first named storm of the season, Subtropical Storm Andrea, a week before hurricane season began on June 1. But since then, the tropics have been relatively quiet.

NOAA is predicting a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season. Their forecast predicts nine to 15 named storms, four to eight hurricanes and two to four major hurricanes. Major hurricanes are category 3, 4 or 5 storms with winds of 111 mph or higher.

While we have not seen a June hurricane in the past several decades, it’s not completely unheard-of. 

In 1945, an unnamed hurricane swept through the Gulf of Mexico from June 20 through June 27. It started in the western Caribbean Sea as a tropical storm, then moved through the Yucatan Channel and Gulf of Mexico. It approached Florida with hurricane-strength winds but weakened before reaching the state’s west coast. After moving across the state and into the Atlantic, it regained hurricane intensity but weakened again as it approached North Carolina.

In 1966, Hurricane Alma moved through the Atlantic and into the Gulf of Mexico from June 7 through 14. Alma caused excessive rainfall and significant, deadly flooding in Honduras. It went on to hit Cuba as a strong Category 2 hurricane, damaging structures and crops. Alma weakened and became a tropical storm as it moved through the Florida Panhandle and Georgia, but picked up speed and became a hurricane again off the coast of Cape Hatteras in North Carolina.

Hurricane Agnes, one of the largest June hurricanes on record, developed June 14, 1972. It started as a depression over Yucatan and moved into the Caribbean Sea. It strengthened to become a tropical storm and then a hurricane as it moved toward the Gulf of Mexico. It weakened quickly after moving into the Florida Panhandle and dissipated on June 25.

We will be hosting a weather chat every Wednesday throughout the hurricane season. Check back next Wednesday for our next webcast!

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Abbeville

74°F Clear Feels like 74°
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0 mph
Humidity
87%
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Thunderstorms early, then becoming mostly clear after midnight. Low 72F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near an inch.
73°F Thunderstorms early, then becoming mostly clear after midnight. Low 72F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near an inch.
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4 mph ENE
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40%
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Waxing Gibbous
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Crowley

72°F Overcast Feels like 72°
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10 mph SE
Humidity
97%
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Tonight

Thunderstorms during the evening will give way to mainly clear skies after midnight. Low 71F. SSE winds at 10 to 15 mph, decreasing to less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 90%.
73°F Thunderstorms during the evening will give way to mainly clear skies after midnight. Low 71F. SSE winds at 10 to 15 mph, decreasing to less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 90%.
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4 mph ENE
Precip
40%
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Moon Phase
Waxing Gibbous
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Opelousas

74°F Overcast Feels like 74°
Wind
7 mph S
Humidity
90%
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Tonight

Thunderstorms early, then becoming mostly clear after midnight. Low 69F. SSE winds at 10 to 20 mph, decreasing to less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
73°F Thunderstorms early, then becoming mostly clear after midnight. Low 69F. SSE winds at 10 to 20 mph, decreasing to less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
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4 mph ENE
Precip
40%
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Waxing Gibbous
Broken Clouds

Breaux Bridge

73°F Broken Clouds Feels like 73°
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5 mph SSE
Humidity
87%
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Tonight

Locally heavy thunderstorms during the evening will give way to mainly clear skies after midnight. Low 71F. SSE winds at 10 to 20 mph, decreasing to less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 100%. 2 to 3 inches of rain expected.
73°F Locally heavy thunderstorms during the evening will give way to mainly clear skies after midnight. Low 71F. SSE winds at 10 to 20 mph, decreasing to less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 100%. 2 to 3 inches of rain expected.
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4 mph ENE
Precip
40%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Gibbous
Broken Clouds

New Iberia

74°F Broken Clouds Feels like 74°
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3 mph S
Humidity
91%
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Tonight

Clear to partly cloudy. Low 71F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.
71°F Clear to partly cloudy. Low 71F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.
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6 mph SE
Precip
30%
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Moon Phase
Waxing Gibbous

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