Season's 1st Hurricane Forms, Barely Misses Record
Hurricane Humberto is late—but not quite late enough for the history books
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2013 9:28 AM CDT
This satellite image made available by NOAA shows Humberto off the coast of west Africa.   (AP Photo/NOAA)

(Newser) – Had Hurricane Humberto—the first hurricane of the Atlantic season—hit just about three hours later, it would have set a new record for the latest first hurricane to form in the Atlantic Ocean. Alas, Humberto's dreams of meteorological infamy were dashed when its winds reached a sustained 75mph around 5am ET, making it just another hurricane, reports CNN.

It won't even have the chance to do much damage—it's currently about 310 miles off West Africa's Cape Verde Islands, and is expected to turn into a piddling tropical storm over the weekend. The record holder continues to be 2002's Hurricane Gustav, which was named a bit after 8am on Sept. 11 of that year, reports AccuWeather. The year's first hurricane is generally named by Aug. 10, notes the Miami Herald. Hurricane season wraps up Nov. 30; three to six major hurricanes have been predicted.

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Sep 11, 2013 10:19 AM CDT
These are some of the same "experts" predicting "catastrophic" climate change. These people never get the number of hurricanes correct, are always "surprised" when some atmospheric phenomenon reduces or increases the number and severity of hurricanes and generally prove each year that they have only a limited, at best, grasp of how the climate works. Oh yeah, they always have some convenient reason (read excuse) for why their forecasts or precious models didn't pan out. Idiots.
Sep 11, 2013 10:03 AM CDT
Remember that forecast about a devastating number of hurricanes? How about temperature records? The CO2 hoax is unraveling. The sun determines climate, altered by an occasional massive volcanic event.