Dear Tom,
Has the start of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season been quieter than in recent years?
—Emily Baylor, Pensacola, Fla.
Dear Emily,
As we move through mid-July there have been three named tropical cyclones in the Atlantic Basin, Alex, Bonnie, and Colin. All three remained tropical storms; none of them reaching hurricane strength. Long-term averages from the Tropical Prediction Center, peg the average date of the season’s third named storm in early August, so this season is actually ahead of schedule. By mid-July last year there had been five named storms and six in 2020, the busiest Atlantic hurricane season on record with 30 named storms. In 2019 there were two, three in both 2018 and 2017 and four in 2016. In 2005, another blockbuster hurricane season with 28 named storms, there were five by this time in the season.