National Overview - May 2012
Pre-Hurricane Season Tropical Cyclones

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Pre-Hurricane Season Tropical Cyclones

There have only been 28 known tropical cyclones in the North Atlantic basin that have reached tropical storm strength before the official start of the Hurricane Season (June 1st) since records began in 1851. In May 2012, two storms Alberto and Beryl reached tropical storm strength, marking only the third time that two tropical storms have formed during the month of May.


Pre-Season Tropical Storm/Hurricanes
The above image are the preseason (January 1-June 1) tropical cyclone tracks documented in the Historical Climatology Series 6.2. Track data were generated from IBTrACS. Storm intensity was extracted from the HCS when it was not available in IBTrACS.
Storm Type/StrengthStorm NameMonth, Year
Additional Information
Tropical StormBerylMay, 2012Made landfall near Jacksonville, Florida with only minor damage and heavy rains.
Tropical StormAlbertoMay, 2012No landfall, limited impacts.
Tropical StormArthurMay, 2008Made landfall in Belize.
Sub-Tropical StormAndreaMay, 2007No landfall, limited impacts.
Tropical StormAnaApril, 2003No landfall, limited impacts.
Sub-Tropical StormOne - No NameApril, 1992No landfall, limited impacts.
Tropical StormArleneMay, 1981Made landfall in Cuba and then moved through the Bahamas.
Sub-Tropical StormOne - No NameJanuary, 1978No landfall, limited impacts.
Sub-Tropical StormOne - No NameMay, 1976Made landfall near Tallahassee, Florida.
Sub-Tropical StormAlphaMay, 1972Made landfall as a depression near Tallahasee, Florida and reformed off the U.S. Southeast Coast.
Category One HurricaneAlmaMay, 1970Formed south of Cuba and quickly weakened, made landfall in Cuba and near Tampa, Florida as a depression.
Tropical StormArleneMay, 1959Made landfall near Morgan City, Louisiana, causing minor damage.
Tropical StormAliceMay, 1953Long-lived storm, which made its way through the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico over a two week period. Made three separate landfalls in Honduras, Cuba, and near Panama City, Florida.
Tropical StormOne - No NameFebruary, 1952Made landfall along the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and then in Southwest Florida. Storm moved along the U.S. East Coast, making landfall in Maine as an extra-tropical cylone.
Category Three HurricaneAbleMay, 1951No landfall, limited impacts. Only 'major' hurricane on record, prior to June 1st
Tropical StormOne - No NameMay, 1948Made landfall in Haiti.
Tropical StormOne - No NameMay, 1940Made landfall in the Bahamas.
Tropical StormOne - No NameMay, 1934Made landfall in Southwest Florida and near the South Carolina/Georgia border.
Tropical StormOne - No NameMay, 1933Made landfall on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.
Tropical StormOne - No NameMay, 1932Made landfall in the Dominican Republic.
Tropical StormOne - No NameMay, 1934Made landfall in Southwest Florida and near the South Carolina/Georgia border.
Tropical StormOne - No NameMay, 1916Made landfall in Cuba as a depression and strengthened before making landfall in the Florida Keys. Storm weakened and moved along the entire U.S. East Coast.
Category Two HurricaneOne - No NameMarch, 1908Impacted the Lesser Antilles.
Category One HurricaneTwo- No NameMay, 1908Made landfall in the Bahamas as a tropical storm, but strengthened to Category One strength as it skirted the North Carolina Coast. Made landfall as a tropical storm along Long Island, New York and Connecticut.
Tropical StormOne - No NameMay, 1890Made landfall in Cuba.
Category One HurricaneOne - No NameMay, 1889No landfall, limited impacts.
Tropical StormOne - No NameMay, 1887Made landfall in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Tropical StormTwo - No NameMay, 1887Made three separate landfalls in Jamaica, Cuba, and the Bahamas.
Tropical StormOne - No NameMay, 1865No landfall, limited impacts.