Below is the July 2012 tropical weather summary for the North Atlantic, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, from the National Weather Service/National Hurricane Center, Miami, Fla. This report was issued by the Center at 800 a.m. EDT on August 1, 2012. Monthly summaries during the Atlantic tropical storm season (June 1-November 30) are available online at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/index.shtml.
“No tropical cyclones formed in the Atlantic Basin during the month of July. Based on a 30-year average from 1981 to 2010, about one named storm forms in the basin in July. However, it is not unusual to have no tropical storms develop during July.
“In terms of accumulated cyclone energy, which measures the combined strength and duration of tropical storms and hurricanes, tropical cyclone activity so far this year is a little above the 1981-2010 average in the Atlantic basin.”
Here is the Hurricane Center’s list of tropical storms so far during the 2012 Atlantic season.
(H = hurricane; MH = major hurricane; TD = tropical depression; TS = tropical storm):
NAME/DATES/MAX WIND (MPH)
TS ALBERTO 19-22 MAY 60
TS BERYL 26-30 MAY 70
H CHRIS 19-22 JUN 75
TS DEBBY 23-27 JUN 60
Meanwhile, as of August 6, Tropical Storm Ernesto was approaching the coast of Central America and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, with predictions that it might gain hurricane strength by the evening of August 6. The photo below of Tropical Storm Ernesto was taken from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Web site at http://www.goes.noaa.gov/browsh.html, on 8/6/12, 3:50 p.m. EDT.