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How common is it to have a hurricane in January?

The national hurricane center is watching an area in the Atlantic for possible development, this begs the question. Is a storm in January possible?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Its mid-January but even today we have an area in the tropics that is being watched by the National Hurricane Center. This area deepened to 975mb on Monday and had rather decent satellite representation triggering the National Hurricane center to monitor it. 

Here: The latest information from the First Coast News Hurricane Central.

 You might be thinking is a hurricane in January even possible? The answer is yes, but its rather rare.  In fact since records started there have been three Hurricanes that took place in January. The first in 1938 which was not named, Hurricane Alice in 1954 and most recently Hurricane Alex in 2016. 

Credit: WTLV

Hurricane Alex actually made landfall in the Azores off the coast of Portugal and peaked as a Category 1 storm.

Credit: WTLV

These January storms are rare and conditions need to be just right for them to occur, but it does go to show even in the middle of winter we need to watch the tropics. 

Even though the area in the Atlantic here in Mid-January is not likely to develop into a tropical system it is still creating dangerous seas and a large swell along the eastern seaboard. 

To check the local forecast on the First Coast visit here. 

    

 

 

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