It is the climatological peak of hurricane season and so far there have been 20 named tropical systems in the Atlantic Basin, 7 of which strengthened to hurricane status.
The strongest was Hurricane Laura which made it to category 4 strength with 150 mph wind speeds.
Wilfred is the only name left on the 21-name Atlantic list and with two more months left in the season, it is likely that we will see tropical storms named using the Greek alphabet.
This has only happened one other time was in 2005 when there were 31 named tropical systems, including Hurricane Katrina.
Thankfully we don’t have to deal with hurricanes, tropical storms or even extra-tropical cyclones around here…
The closest approach goes to category 3 Hurricane Alicia, who made it as far north as Nebraska as an extra tropical cyclone.
The great Galveston storm of 1900, estimated to be a category 4 hurricane, maintain tropical depression strength as is moved into Iowa.
In June of this year tropical storm Cristobal made it into Wisconsin as an extra-tropical storm. However all of these were more than 500 miles away from our region.