A-B-C before June 1?

2014 Hurricane Cristobal courtesy NOAA
2014 Hurricane Cristobal courtesy NOAA

Here we are the end of May with the official beginning of hurricane season on Monday and we’ve already had two named storms -- Arthur and Bertha -- with a third possible.

The photo above is Cristobal in 2014 and because the list of hurricane names rotates every six years, that C storm is back on the list. Will we have a Cristobal before the weekend is over? Good money says yes:

50% chance of tropical development the next two days
Bermuda would likely NOT be affected by this system

I’ve blogged before about the fact that half the seasons this century have had a tropical storm before June 1, but rarely do you see two storms and very rarely three!

In fact, only 1951 has recorded three tropical or subtropical systems before June 1: one in January, followed by Hurricane Able and a tropical depression in May.

So what did 1951 actually end up looking like? Well, for starters there were 17 depressions, 12 of those became storms, eight of which became hurricanes (three major hurricanes). It was a busy season!

1951 Atlantic hurricane tracks

About the Author: