For the First Time in a Long Time, the Tropics Are Quiet

Finally, a breather from one of the busiest hurricane seasons in recent memory.

The Atlantic basin has no named storms for the first time since late August, concluding the third-longest such streak on record, according to Colorado State University tropical weather researcher Dr. Phil Klotzbach.

With Hurricanes Lee and Maria officially dissipating on Friday, it meant there were no named tropical cyclones in the Atlantic since Harvey’s re-development as a tropical storm on August 24th.

The National Hurricane Center said that September was not only an unusually busy month for the busiest month on average in the calendar year, it was the busiest month on record.

That said, while we’re now past the heart of the peak of hurricane season, there’s still plenty of time for more storms to develop. Hurricane season doesn’t officially end until November 30th, and October can often feature somewhat of a secondary peak, with relatively consistent climatological development over the course of the month. In October, however, the focus for potential development shifts more towards the Caribbean rather than the Atlantic.

Development becomes much rarer past the first of November, but last year featured Hurricane Otto, which formed in late November in the southwestern Caribbean.

The point here: enjoy the break, but hurricane season isn’t over yet, and you should be prepared for the possibility for more hurricanes to develop.

Stay with WeatherNation through the rest of this busy hurricane season.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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