Danielle has become 2022’s first hurricane in the Atlantic Basin
Danielle became a hurricane on Friday just under 900 miles west of the Azores, or just over halfway between southeast Newfoundland and the Azores in the North Atlantic.
Tropical Storm Danielle strengthened into a hurricane Friday morning, the first of an unusually calm storm season.
No country is currently threatened by the storm. The storm’s maximum sustained winds were recorded at 75 mph (120 km/h), according to the US National Hurricane Center. The storm is centered about 885 miles (1,425 km) west of the Azores and is moving west at about 1 mph (about 2 km/h).
The hurricane center said the storm is expected to move across the Atlantic in the next few days.
The tropical storm arrives in the middle of a quiet hurricane season. It is the first time since 1941 that the Atlantic has disappeared since July 3rd without a named storm through late August, Phil Klotzbach, a hurricane researcher at Colorado State University, previously told The Associated Press.
Forecasters on Thursday night said it would be 210 miles (338 km) southwest of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (72 km/h). Javier is moving northwest at 9 mph. There are no coast controls or notices in effect.
Thankfully, Danielle is only a threat to the shipping lanes.
It poses no threat to landfall as it will drift over the next few days and then slowly move northeast.
This is only the seventh year in the satellite era (since 1966) that the first hurricane of the season has waited until September last year was 2013.
In both 2013 and 2002, the first hurricane of the season didn’t hit until September 11, the longest wait on record in the satellite age.
The first hurricane came in July of the last four hurricane seasons. In 2021, which was exactly two months earlier than this year, Elsa briefly became a Cat.1 hurricane on July 2.
A year ago, in early September, Larry became the fifth hurricane of the 2021 season. Danielle, which fed on extremely warm ocean water, became a hurricane unusually far north, according to Tomer Burg, a doctor of atmospheric sciences.
Student at the University of Oklahoma. On Thursday, Danielle became the first named storm in the Atlantic since Colin on July 3, after an exceptionally rare August with no named storms in the basin and the calmest start to the hurricane season in 34 years.
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