As Tropical Storm Barry, the second named storm of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, formed yesterday in the southern Gulf of Mexico, ahead of landfall early todayÃ‚ near the city ofÃ‚ Veracruz, Mexico, we canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t help but wonder isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t it a bit early?
Fortunately, one of our favorite blogs has some interesting facts and statsÃ‚ on early season tropical storms.
Dr. Jeff MastersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Wunderblog tells us that BarryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s formation date of June 19 is a full six weeks earlier than the usual August 1 date of formation of the seasonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s second storm.
Dr. Masters also reminds us:
The formation of two Gulf of Mexico storms so early in the year does not necessarily suggest that we will have an active hurricane season. June storms forming in the Caribbean and Tropical Atlantic are typically a harbinger of an active hurricane season though.Ã¢â‚¬
Dr. Masters adds that only two hurricane seasons since 1851 have had as many as three tropical storms form in June: 1936 and 1968.
With 10 days left in June, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll have to wait and see if 2013 joins this list.
As we previously reported, NOAAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting an active or extremely active season this year.
This means there is a 70 percent chance of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 7 to 11 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including three to six major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).
Check out I.I.I. facts and stats on hurricanes.