Tropical Storm Danielle forms in the Atlantic after rare, quiet August

The fourth named tropical system of the season has formed in the open waters of the Atlantic
The fourth named tropical system of the season has formed in the open waters of the Atlantic(KBTX)
Published: Sep. 1, 2022 at 9:34 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 1, 2022 at 11:00 AM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - The last time the Atlantic Ocean experienced an August without a named storm? 25 years ago. This tropical meteorology season has been incredibly quiet but seems like activity is starting to ramp up. The National Hurricane Center has now designated Tropical Storm Danielle in the Atlantic. Currently, none of the tropical systems are of risk to the Brazos Valley.

Thursday Morning Update:

The National Hurricane Center has officially named Tropical Storm Danielle 960 miles west of the Azores. This is the first tropical system to gain a named status in 61 days. The last was Tropical Storm Colin which formed off the coast of the Carolinas July 2nd.

Maximum Sustained WindMinimum PressureLocation Movement
40mph1012mb960 miles west of the AzoresEast at 2mph

The agency notes that Danielle could strengthen to a category 1 hurricane -- the first of the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season -- as early as Thursday afternoon or evening. This system will remain nearly stationary through the weekend, moving very little over the open waters of the Atlantic. There is no threat or concern to land.

Tropical Depression Five:

  • Maximum Sustained Winds: 30 kts, 35 mph
  • Minimum Sustained Pressure: 1013 mb
  • Location: 38.1°N, 45.0° W
  • Movement: ENE at 2 mph
First August to not have a named storm in 25 years
First August to not have a named storm in 25 years(KBTX Weather)

The National Hurricane Center is also tracking several other areas in the Atlantic. Like Tropical Depression Five, they currently pose no threat to the Brazos Valley.

None pose a threat to the Brazos Valley
None pose a threat to the Brazos Valley(KBTX Weather)

The climatological peak of Hurricane season is on September 10th, a day that we are rapidly approaching. And yet, this season has been incredibly quiet. Both 2020 and 2021 were incredibly active years, and 2022 appears dormant compared to its two predecessors. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Colorado State University, two of the leading tropical meteorology research organizations, released updated hurricane season forecasts on August 4th, 2022. They both held on to their original forecasts that the 2022 tropical season will be “above average” in activity.

NOAA and CSU predict an above average 2022 Hurricane Season
NOAA and CSU predict an above average 2022 Hurricane Season(KBTX Weather)

Unless things turn around quickly and the Atlantic starts churning out storm after storm, that prediction may not come true. The Atlantic basin has only witnessed three different named storms this season, and both research agencies are predicting nearly 15 storms.