Tropical Storm Chris Forms in the North Atlantic; Threat to Land Not Expected
As of 11 am EDT Wednesday, Chris - the third named storm of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season - was located about 600 miles south of Cape Race at latitude 38.1N, longitude 51.3W. Chris is not expected to pose a threat to the US or Canada.
Maximum winds were 50 mph, and a slight increase in intensity is possible later today. Chris is moving to the east at 22 mph, farther into the north Atlantic and is forecast to become a post-tropical cyclone Thursday.
Tropical Storm Chris Potential Storm Track - June 20, 2012
Source: National Hurricane Center (NHC)
The 2012 North Atlantic Hurricane Season has had an early start with Alberto, Beryl, and Chris so far in this season. Early storm activity does not necessarily indicate the season is likely to be an active one. The extended range forecast for 2012 issued by Philip Klotzbach and William Gray of Colorado State University notes that only two seasons on record (1887 and 1908) had two named storms prior to June 1, and the last season with a US landfall prior to June 1 was 1976. The level of activity during these seasons varied; 1887 was very active, 1908 was average, and 1976 was relatively quiet.
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