No Hurricanes in August

August 31, 2022
Ocean with small whitecap waves

Over the last seven years, we’ve had a very favorable pattern, but that hasn’t been the case this year.

Dan Kottlowski, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather. Due to less favorable conditions for storm development, there have been no named tropical storms in August for the first time in 25 years, but meteorologists say the unusual lull could change in coming days.

Why It Matters: The Atlantic hurricane season sees most tropical storms between mid-August and October; it was an "unusually quiet" month, however, making it only the third August in recorded history that did not see a named storm.

  • Not In The Clear Yet: Meteorologists are monitoring a system that has an 80% chance of becoming a storm by the end of the week. If it continues to develop, Tropical Storm Danielle could be the fourth tropical storm of the year.
  • The statistical peak for tropical storms is September 10. “The longer we go into the season without any major systems not impacting land, the more people get complacent. We can still have bad storms even if we don’t have a loaded year," said Kottlowski.
  • Did You Know? A tropical storm is a cyclone with maximum sustained surface winds between 39 and 73 mph. A hurricane occurs when winds reach 74 mph or greater. For more, click here.
  • A Look Back at History: This week marked the 17th anniversary since Hurricane Katrina made landfall and one year since Hurricane Ida, both of which were category 4 storms that hit Louisiana and surrounding areas.

Hurricane Alley Hasn’t Been This Quiet in a Quarter Century (Bloomberg)

After a Quiet August, Hurricane Forecasters Are Monitoring a Potential Storm (New York Times)

by Jenna Lee,