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Fast Facts about the 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season

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Here’s a look at the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season.

Past coverage of the 2022 and 2021 hurricane season and the latest weather news can also be found on CNN.

Follow the storm tracker for the path and forecast of the latest storm.

The 2023 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. Areas covered include the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.

The National Weather Service defines a hurricane as a “tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 74 mph (64 knots) or greater.”

Hurricanes are classified based on the intensity of sustained winds on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. The scale of 1 to 5 estimates potential property damage.

A Category 3 or higher is considered a major hurricane.

The National Hurricane Center advises to prepare:

  • A hurricane watch indicates the possibility that an area will experience hurricane conditions within 48 hours.
  • A hurricane warning says sustained winds of at least 74 mph are expected within 36 hours.

April 13, 2023 – The Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project team is forecasting a “slightly below normal” Atlantic hurricane season. The team is forecasting 13 named storms, including six hurricanes, two of which will be major hurricanes.

May 25, 2023 – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center (CPC) projects a 40% chance of a near-normal season, predicting that there is a 70% chance of 12 to 17 storms named, including five to nine. could develop into hurricanes, including one to four major hurricanes (categories 3 to 5).

August 10, 2023 – NOAA releases its updated forecast, increasing the chances of an above-average hurricane season from 30% to 60% as ocean temperatures continue to climb above record levels this summer. The agency is now forecasting 14 to 21 named storms, including six to 11 hurricanes, of which two to five are expected to be major. These ranges take into account named storms that have already formed this season.

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June 2, 2023 – Tropical Storm Arlene forms in the Gulf of Mexico.
June 3, 2023 – Arlene is downgraded to a tropical depression and later dissipates.

June 19, 2023 – Tropical Storm Bret forms over the central Atlantic.
June 24, 2023 – Dissipates.

June 22, 2023 – Tropical Storm Cindy forms over the central Atlantic.
June 25, 2023 – Dissipates.

July 14, 2023 – Subtropical Storm Don forms over the central Atlantic.
July 16, 2023 – Becomes a subtropical depression.
July 18, 2023 – Tropical Storm Don forms.
July 22, 2023 – Strengthens into a hurricane.
July 23, 2023 – Weakens to a tropical storm.
July 24, 2023 – Don weakens in the face of a post-tropical cyclone.

August 20, 2023 – Tropical Storm Emily forms over the central Atlantic.
August 21, 2023 Emily weakens in the face of a post-tropical cyclone and dissipates.

August 20, 2023 – Tropical Storm Franklin forms in the Caribbean Sea.
August 23, 2023 – Franklin makes landfall on the southern coast of the Dominican Republic.
August 26, 2023 – Strengthens into a hurricane.
August 28, 2023 – Becomes the first major hurricane of the season.
September 1, 2023 – Franklin weakens in the face of a post-tropical cyclone.

August 21, 2023 – Tropical Storm Gert forms over the Atlantic and then weakens into a tropical depression.
August 22, 2023 – Gert weakens in the face of a post-tropical cyclone.

August 22, 2023 – Tropical Storm Harold forms in the Gulf of Mexico. After making landfall on Padre Island, Texas, Harold weakened and strengthened into a tropical depression.
August 23, 2023 – Hiccup dissipates.

August 27, 2023 – Tropical Storm Idalia forms.
August 29, 2023 – Strengthens into a hurricane.
August 30, 2023 – Lands in the Big Bend area of ​​Florida as a Category 3 hurricane. Two people are killed in separate weather-related accidents.
August 31, 2023 – Weakens into a post-tropical cyclone.

August 31, 2023 – Tropical Storm José forms.
September 1, 2023 – The remains of José are absorbed by post-tropical cyclone Franklin.

September 2, 2023 – Tropical Storm Katia forms.
September 4, 2023 – Weakens into a tropical depression.

September 5, 2023 – Tropical Storm Lee forms.
September 6, 2023 – Strengthens into a hurricane.
September 16, 2023 – Weakens into a post-tropical cyclone. Later that day, Lee made landfall in Nova Scotia.
– At least two deaths are attributed to unsafe conditions associated with Lee.

September 7, 2023 – Tropical Storm Margot forms.
September 11, 2023 – Strengthens into a hurricane.
September 17, 2023 – Weakens into a post-tropical cyclone.

September 16, 2023 – Tropical Storm Nigel forms.
September 18, 2023 – Strengthens into a hurricane.
September 22, 2023 – Weakens into a post-tropical cyclone.

September 22, 2023 – Tropical Storm Ophelia forms.
September 23, 2023 – Tropical Storm Ophelia makes landfall in North Carolina. Later that day, Ophelia weakened to a tropical depression.

September 23, 2023 – Tropical Storm Phillippe forms.
October 2, 2023 – Tropical Storm Phillippe makes landfall in Barbuda.
October 6, 2023 – Weakens into a post-tropical cyclone.

September 28, 2023 – Tropical Storm Rina forms.
October 1, 2023 – Weakens into a tropical depression.

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