RUSKIN, Fla. - We may be on the verge of a record-breaking slow start to the hurricane season.
If we can go another week, we will have gone the longest into a season without a hurricane for as long as anyone has been keeping track of this sort of stuff.
The slow start has been the topic of conversation over at the National Weather Service in Ruskin.
With Chantal, Dorian and Erin running into dry air and wind shear, other waves have rolled across the tropical Atlantic and failed to even rate a name. But as we approach the statistical peak of the season, there may be a change.
"That is showing some slow signs of organization..." said Meteorologist Rick Davis, pointing to a blob of convection on the computer screen.
"It's a little bit more active than what we saw over August," added Meteorologist Todd Barron.
"Some of the models have spun up some weak tropical waves, now they're actually starting to spin up some decent tropical cyclones."
Todd is one of the local meteorologists here in Tampa Bay who stay in constant contact with the folks at the National Hurricane Center in Miami during the storm season.
They all agree this has been an odd, almost eerily quiet so far Hurricane Season.
The first thing to know is that normally, the first storms are forming by the tenth of August and the second by last week.
By this time, we're normally dealing with the first "major" hurricane, but this year, it's been a different story.
There have been six named storms thus far, none have reached Hurricane Strength through. But as any meteorologist will tell you -- those numbers just don't matter.
"...It's going to be interesting to see over the next couple of weeks you know what could potentially be spinning up," Said Barron.
We will be watching carefully and bringing you the latest details of ANY changes.
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