2013 Atlantic Storm Tracks
- The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season was the least active season so far this century, and
the quietest on record since 1950.
- No effects on Anna Maria Island.
- 1 storm made US landfall in NW Florida (T.S. Andrea).
- 2 hurricanes barely reached Cat 1 (Humberto, Ingrid).
- Season’s latest recorded hurricane since 1960 (Humberto, September 11th).
- Fewest hurricanes per named storms in historical records.
- No “major hurricanes” (Cat 3 or higher).
- Lowest Accumulated Cyclone Energy since 1983.
|Atlantic Hurricane Season|| June 2013 forecast|| 2013 Actual|
|Named storms (>35mph)|| 18|| 13|
|Hurricanes (>72mph)|| 8|| 2|
|Major hurricanes (>111mph)|| 3|| 0|
|US landfall likelihood|| 72%|| 7%|
|Gulf Coast landfall|| 47%|| 7%|
The Named Storms
Andrea – Tropical Storm, June 5-7, 55kn wind, landfall ‘Big Bend’ of Florida.
Barry – Tropical Storm, June 17-19, 40kn wind, landfall Belize; then Veracruz, Mexico.
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Tropical Storm Debby formed off the Gulf Coast June 23 northwest of Tampa with a poorly defined center and no obvious direction of travel. But as the wind field grew wider while it remained almost stationery, the effects of the tropical moisture with persistent rainfall and wind wore away the resistance of beaches and its inhabitants.
By Monday June 25, constant battering by 20 – 40 mph wind and 10″-16″ of rain took its toll on shorelines and low lying property. Combined with high tides, a 2-3 foot storm surge poured over seawalls, rose up through storm drains and flooded streets and yards.
Saturated ground had nowhere to drain. Streets and yards remained covered with water even as the tide dropped but the surge raised the sea-level. Onshore wind pushed the sea state higher over the shore. Softened soil and gusty winds uprooted some trees and sent limbs and palm fronds flying.
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