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Tropics remain quiet as first month of Hurricane season comes to a close

More Saharan dust moving across the Atlantic continues to hinder storm development.

BEAUMONT, Texas — The end of the first month of hurricane season was quieter than it began. 

There were no hurricanes making U.S. landfall in June. In fact, there were no hurricanes at all.

However, we’ve already had four tropical storms and they all set various records.

Notable 2020 hurricane season events through June:

  • The first time since 2016 that two or more named storms developed before the start of the season.
  • The first time since 2012 that two or more named storms formed in the month of May.
  • The first season in the satellite era to have three systems form before or on June 1.
  • The earliest third named storm on record, upon the naming of Tropical Storm Cristobal on June 1. The previous record was held by 2016's Tropical Storm Colin, which formed on June 5. 
  • Tropical Storm Dolly was named on June 22, becoming the third earliest fourth named storm on record, behind 2012's Tropical Storm Debby and 2016's Tropical Storm Danielle.

It’s actually not uncommon to see a very quiet June in the hurricane season. June, July and November see the least amount of hurricanes of any other month in hurricane season, which is June 1 through November 30. In fact, June is typically so quiet that a U.S. hurricane landfall hasn’t happened since 1986.

September is the most common month for hurricanes in the United States and is also the month when hurricanes have done the most damage. August was the second most common month, followed by October.

Saharan Dust moving across the Gulf of Mexico and another plume being picked up off the African coast is keeping the tropics calm. 

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Dolly became the fourth named storm of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season when she formed in the far northern Atlantic on June 22. It followed two tropical storms that developed in May, T.S. Arthur and T.S. Bertha on May 16 and May 27, respectively. 

Tropical Storm Cristobal became the earliest third named storm on record in the Atlantic Basin when it formed in the Gulf of Mexico on June 1. The previous record was Tropical Storm Colin which formed on June 5, 2016. 

2020 is also now the sixth hurricane season in a row with at least one named storm before hurricane season officially began.

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NOAA has forecast an above-average hurricane season. 

NOAA predicts there will be 13 to 19 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which six to 10 could become hurricanes (74 mph or higher). NOAA forecasts that there could be between three to six major hurricanes (Storms that reach category 3 or above).