MIAMI - The tropics are quiet in the Atlantic at the moment. During the month of June, the Atlantic Basin produced two tropical storms, Andrea and Barry. On average, we don't see the second named storm until August 1.
July is typically not very active, although there is a lot of variability. For example, many years had no named storms form in July while others were much more active. The Atlantic had five named storms in July during the 2005 hurricane season. Three of those storms developed into hurricanes, two of which were major hurricanes.
This graphic from the National Hurricane Center shows the number of storms and hurricanes per 100 years. The peak of the season is typically from mid-August to late October with considerably less activity occurring in June, July and November.
We should take advantage of this quite period in the tropics to make sure that our Hurricane Preparedness Plans are up-to-date and can be implemented if needed.
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