VIDEO: Atlantic finally coming to life with tropical activity

For Atlantic hurricane hunters, this season has been a serious bust, but the season's not over yet.

Since the season began on June 1, it's been a rare moment to see a single system brewing in the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico.

Now, the National Hurricane Center is monitoring Cristobal, the third hurricane and named storm of the season, as well as three other hotspots - one in the Gulf of Mexico, one in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and a third which hasn't even left the coast of Africa.

As of right now, it looks like the hotspot in the Gulf of Mexico and the disturbance in the middle of the Atlantic have a slim to none chance of becoming a named storm in the next week.

The third spot, which hasn't even left Africa yet, is still at least two weeks away, which also happens to be the height of hurricane season.

So far this year, we've seen three named hurricanes: Arthur, Bertha and Cristobal.

The worst of these was Arthur, which not only ruined many Fourth of July plans, but also caused millions of dollars in damages.

Bertha was minor since it never made landfall as a hurricane, but as a tropical storm, it brushed against numerous islands in the Caribbean.

Now, Cristobal is the third named system this year, and although it's a hurricane, it won't be making landfall in the United States.



On one hand, we've usually seen at least four named systems at this point, but on the other, the third hurricane usually doesn't show up until September 9. In fact, we usually don't see the second hurricane until two days from now, on August 28.

In the coming weeks as things pick up and we reach the peak of hurricane season, everyone should keep an eye on the latest tropical forecasts.

Follow Storm Shield Meteorologist Jason Meyers via the Storm Shield app on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Download the Storm Shield Weather Radio App for your iPhone or Android device and get severe weather alerts wherever you are.

Print this article Back to Top

Your Region News
West Valley Phoenix Metro Southeast Valley Northeast Valley Northern Arizona Central/Southern AZ