Record Lack of Hurricane Activity in Gulf of Mexico

Apart from the exceptionally early Hurricane Alex in January and three tropical storms early in the season, the Atlantic basin and subsequently the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico have been quiet since mid-June. Meanwhile, the Eastern Pacific hurricane basin is churning out tropical system after system, with CAT-1 Hurricane Georgette and Tropical Storm Frank currently active while Tropical Storm Darby made landfall over Hawaii last weekend.

As for the Gulf of Mexico, September 2013 is the last time a hurricane has developed or entered the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf of Mexico hurricane drought could soon become the longest in 130 years, with no forecasted tropical systems expected to form by July 30th. The current stretch would reach well over 1,000 days and would mark the longest streak without a hurricane since 1886.

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