January 14, 2016 (1 pm EST)
Max-Sustained Wind: 75 kt / 85 mph / 981 mb / Category 1
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Interesting Statistics about Hurricane Alex
- Alex is only the 2nd-known Atlantic hurricane to form during the month of January since records began (partial record as far back as 1842).
- Alex is the single strongest hurricane on record during meteorological winter (December, January, and February) [IBTrACS Database].
- Prior to Hurricane Alex, only two January hurricanes are found in the historical record, along with 3 in December. Alice in 1954-55 was a hurricane between December 31, 1954 and January 4, 1955. Counting Alice, there have been a total of three known hurricanes in the Atlantic basin during the month of January; however, only two have formed in January.
- Sea surface temperatures 3ºF to 4ºF above normal
List of Atlantic Hurricanes that Formed in December or January
|Alex||2016||75 kt||January 14, 2016||----|
|Lili||1984||70 kt||Dec 12, 1984||Dec 24, 1984|
|Unnamed||1938||70 kt||Jan 01, 1938||Jan 06, 1938|
|Unnamed||1887||70 kt||Dec 04, 1887||Dec 10, 1887|
Fast Animation of Alex’s Formation
Atlantic Sea Surface Temperatures
It’s interesting that the SST gradient has the same orientation as the path of Invest-90. In the area where Tropical Storm Alex ultimately formed on January 12, sea surface temperatures were approximately 3 to 4 degrees (ºF) above normal. Here is the SST anomaly map:
The following map shows the actual sea surface temperatures which clearly exceed 80ºF in the TC formation/intensification zone.