First Named Storm Of 2024 Hurricane Season

June 19, 2024 | 0 Comments

The first tropical storm of the 2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season has formed, with forecasters saying Tropical Storm Alberto is likely to dissipate over Mexico on Thursday or Thursday night [June 20].

The latest forecast from the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, “At 1000 AM CDT [1500 UTC], the center of Tropical Storm Alberto was located near latitude 22.2 North, longitude 95.0 West. Alberto is moving toward the west near 9 mph [15 km/h]. A westward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected through Thursday. On the forecast track, the center of Alberto will reach the coast of northeastern Mexico early Thursday morning.

Graphic courtesy of the NHC:

Tropical Storm Alberto June 19 2024 NHC

“Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph [65 km/h] with higher gusts. Some slight strengthening is forecast today or tonight before the center of Alberto reaches land. Rapid weakening is expected once the center moves inland, and Alberto is likely to dissipate over Mexico Thursday or Thursday night.

“Alberto is a large tropical storm, with tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 415 miles [665 km] north of the center. The minimum central pressure based on dropsonde data is 995 mb [29.39 inches].”

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