First Named Storm in Atlantic Not in Sight

Currently there are no tropical disturbances in the Atlantic Basin that show potential for development into tropical cyclones at least for the next couple of days.  Some people are already commenting on the lack of activity so far this year.  But we are only ten days into the 2009 season!  And there is no good correlation between the date we get the first named storm and the total activity for the remainder of the season.  2004 is a good example.

Tracks of 2004 Atlantic Tropical Storms and Hurricanes courtesy National Hurricane Center

Tracks of 2004 Atlantic Tropical Storms and Hurricanes courtesy National Hurricane Center

2004 was an extremely active hurricane season in the Atlantic.  Florida had tremendous impacts from Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne.  Yet the first named storm of that year, Alex, didn’t get named until August 1.  So don’t make anything out of the fact that there is no tropical cyclone activity yet.  Take this time to finish up your hurricane plan if you have not already done so.  The tropical storms and hurricanes will eventually start developing within the Atlantic basin.

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