Weather Blog: First Hurricane of the 2012 Season Forms in the North Atlantic
Posted on June 21, 2012 at 3:24 PM
Thursday, Jun 21 at 3:58 PM
Hurricane Chris becomes the first hurricane of the 2012 season. Chris formed in the North Atlantic and is only one of three Atlantic June hurricanes that have formed since 1959. This unnamed storm formed on June 19, 1959 according to Dennis Feltgen of the NHC. After that came hurricane Alma from June 11-12, 1959. Most recently in the Gulf of Mexico we had Hurricane Alex in 2010 and Hurricane Allison in 1995.
Hurricane Chris's impact will be mainly maritime with our most immediate concern, a tropical disturbance about to emerge out of the Caribbean. This tropical disturbance with heavy thunderstorms is soaking Cancun and Cozumel this afternoon.
The tropical disturbance has a 50/50 chance of developing according to the NHC. I've been tracking this wave since this past weekend, when it was over the tropical Atlantic North of South America. Most of the reliable tropical models were forecasting the formation of a tropical cyclone in the Gulf by the end of this work week. Over the weekend the European and Canadian models handled it's future movement and current intensity more accurately. The latest Canadian model has a hurricane forming in the gulf by this weekend.
The NHC will have a hurricane hunter investigate this area Friday. If it does form Friday, it will be the first storm in the Gulf of Mexico this season and will be called Debby. Because of it's proximity to the gulf waters please stay tuned to KHOU-11 and KHOU.com's hurricane central for updates on this developing tropical weather pattern.