August 2016 Atlantic Tropical Storm Summary from the National Hurricane Center Issued September 1, 2016

On September 1, 2016, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) issued its latest monthly report on the Atlantic tropical storm season; that report is available online at  On that day, two named storms (Gaston and Hermine) and the remnants of an unnamed tropical depression (Number 8) were active in the Atlantic basin, which includes the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico (see the 2-day Graphical Tropical Outlook as of September 1, 2016, below).  Following is an excerpt from the monthly report for August: “Four named storms formed in the Atlantic basin in August.  Two of these, Earl and Gaston, became hurricanes, and Gaston became a major hurricane over the central Atlantic.  Based on a 30-year (1981-2010) climatology, three named storms typically form in the Atlantic basin in August, with two becoming hurricanes.  In terms of the Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE), which measures the combined strength and duration of tropical storms and hurricanes, activity in the Atlantic basin so far in 2016 is near normal.”

Also from the report for August 2016, here is the NHC’s list of all tropical depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes this year through July, with their dates of occurrence and maximum wind speeds: (H = hurricane; MH = major hurricane; TD = tropical depression; TS = tropical storm):

H Alex – Jan. 13-15 – 85 mph
TS Bonnie – May 27-June 4 – 45 mph
TS Colin – June 5-7 – 50 mph
TS Danielle – June 19-21 – 45 mph
H Earl – Aug 2-6 – 80 mph
TS Fiona – Aug 17-23 – 50 mph
MH Gaston – Aug 22-present – 120 mph
TS Hermine – Aug 28-present – 60 mph

When completed, reports on individual 2016 storms (including tracks) will be available online at

Tropical outlook Sep1National Hurricane Center’s 2-day Graphical Tropical Outlook for the Atlantic basin, accessed at, 10:45 p.m. EDT on 9/1/16.

Below is the NHC’s graph of preliminary (subject to verification) tracks of the first four Atlantic tropical storms and hurricanes in 2016, accessed at, 9/1/16.

Tropical charts

For previous News Grouper posts on tropical storm monthly and yearly reports, please go to this link:

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