Hurricane Danielle is 2022′s first in Atlantic Basin, first since 2013 a storm forms in September

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Danielle has become this year’s first hurricane in the Atlantic Basin, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said.

Danielle was upgraded to a hurricane Friday in the Northern Atlantic Ocean west of the Azores and poses no threat to North America.

If you’re thinking it’s rare to have our first named hurricane so late in the season, you wouldn’t be wrong. This is only the seventh time in satellite history (since 1966) that the first named hurricane didn’t occur until September. This hasn’t happed since 2013.

Although we are approaching peak tropical season, there are two atmospheric conditions that are working to reduce the potential of storm development and growth: upper-level dry air and strong upper-level winds.

Hurricane season will continue through the end of November. The next named storm in the 2022 name list is “Earl.”