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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Earliest Hurricane to Touch North America in Decades?

Hurricane Alex is forecast to make landfall in NE Mexico/S Texas  as a Cat2. I can find no record of any earlier. So far, the only other storm I have found this early was in 1934, when North America was suffering the heat waves of the Dirty Thirties.

I'll check, and correct this if I find more:

From Accuweather:

Alex intensified into a hurricane at 10 p.m. CDT on Tuesday when maximum-sustained winds increased to 75 mph. Further strengthening should take place before Alex slams onto the northeastern Mexico coast on Wednesday evening. Prior to landfall, Alex is expected to reach Category 2 hurricane status with winds of at least 96 mph.

Alex will threaten lives and property across northeastern Mexico and South Texas by unleashing flooding rain and powerful winds. Northeastern Mexico will bear the brunt of Alex's most destructive winds.

Hurricane Alex marks the beginning of what AccuWeather.com Chief Hurricane Meteorologist Joe Bastardi has forecast as an extremely active Atlantic hurricane season. Bastardi is expecting a total of 18 to 21 named storms.

The start of this 2010 Atlantic hurricane season will also go down in history books as unusually active. Alex is the first Atlantic Basin hurricane to form in June in 15 years. The last June hurricane to develop in the Atlantic was Allison in 1995.

Allison intensified into a Category 1 hurricane in the eastern Gulf of Mexico on June 4, 1995. The storm weakened back to a tropical storm less than 24 hours later, prior to making landfall along the Florida Panhandle.

In the past 43 years, August 10 is the average date when the first hurricane has formed in the Atlantic Basin. The average date for the first tropical storm is not even in June, but is actually on July 9.

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