MONTHLY TROPICAL WEATHER SUMMARY
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
800 AM EDT SAT SEP 01 2012

FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC...CARIBBEAN SEA AND THE GULF OF MEXICO...

EIGHT TROPICAL STORMS FORMED IN THE ATLANTIC BASIN DURING THE MONTH
OF AUGUST. THIS TIES THE ALL-TIME RECORD FOR THE NUMBER OF NAMED
STORMS FORMING IN THE MONTH OF AUGUST...WHICH WAS SET IN 2004. FOUR
OF THE TROPICAL STORMS BECAME HURRICANES DURING THE MONTH. THESE
TOTALS WERE WELL ABOVE THE LONG-TERM AVERAGE (1981 TO 2010) OF
THREE NAMED STORMS...WITH ONE OR TWO HURRICANES. NO MAJOR
HURRICANES OCCURRED THIS AUGUST...WHILE A MAJOR HURRICANE TYPICALLY
OCCURS IN AUGUST ABOUT ONCE EVERY TWO YEARS. 

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 ABOUT 50 PERCENT ABOVE THE
1981-2010 AVERAGE THROUGH THE END OF THE AUGUST IN THE ATLANTIC
BASIN.

REPORTS ON INDIVIDUAL CYCLONES...WHEN COMPLETED...ARE AT THE WEB
SITE OF THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER...USE LOWER-CASE LETTERS...
WWW.HURRICANES.GOV/2012ATLAN.SHTML

SUMMARY TABLE

NAME                DATES         MAX WIND (MPH)
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TS ALBERTO          19-22 MAY         60
TS BERYL            26-30 MAY         70
H  CHRIS            19-22 JUN         75
TS DEBBY            23-27 JUN         60
H  ERNESTO           1-10 AUG         85
TS FLORENCE           4-6 AUG         60
H  GORDON           15-20 AUG        110
TS HELENE            9-18 AUG         45
H  ISAAC            21 AUG-           80
TS JOYCE            22-24 AUG         40
H  KIRK             28 AUG-          105
TS LESLIE           30 AUG-           70
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