It took over halfway through the 2013 hurricane season, but finally the Atlantic has seen its first hurricane. Humberto became a hurricane at 4 AM this morning. As of late-afternoon on September 11th, Hurricane Humberto was packing winds of 85 mph. Humberto tied with Hurricane Gustav of 2002 for the latest appearance of the season’s first hurricane since. The image below shows a NASA satellite image of Hurricane Humberto taken at 7:30 AM this morning. You can see the makings of an eye wall at the center of the storm. All in all, it’s quite organized…for now.
Humberto will likely continue to strengthen through Thursday night. Then by Friday and into the weekend, Humberto will be moving into cooler waters and wind shear will be picking up. This should begin a weakening process taking Humberto back to tropical storm status. Humberto is not expected to impact any land areas.
The tropics do seem to be heating up. This weekend we’ll have to watch a tropical disturbance that will move into the Gulf of Mexico. Conditions look favorable for this to become the next named storm of the season. That name would be Ingrid.