Note: This report catalogs recent tropical cyclones across the North Atlantic and East Pacific and places each basin’s tropical cyclone activity in a climate-scale context. It is not updated in real time. Users seeking the real time status and forecasts of tropical cyclones should visit The National Hurricane Center.

Note: This report catalogs recent tropical cyclones across the North Atlantic and East Pacific and places each basin's tropical cyclone activity in a climate-scale context. It is not updated in real time. Users seeking real time status and forecasts of tropical cyclones should visit The National Hurricane Center.

North Atlantic

August marks a continuation of a record-long major hurricane (Category 3 or stronger) landfall drought in the United States. The last major hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. was Wilma on October 24, 2005. This major hurricane drought surpassed the length of the eight-years from 1861-1868 when no major hurricane struck the United States' coast. On average, a major hurricane makes landfall in the U.S. about once every three years. The reliable record of landfalling hurricanes in the U.S. dates back to 1851.

August 2016 Tropical Cyclone Counts
Storm Type August 2016 August 1981-2010 Average Record Most for August
Period of Record: 1851-2016
Tropical Storm
(Winds > 39 mph)
4 3.3 8
(2004)
Hurricane
(Winds > 74 mph)
2 1.6
5
(1893, 1995, 2004)
Major Hurricane
(Winds > 111 mph)
1 0.7 3
(1886, 1893, 1950, 2004)
August 2016 Individual Tropical Cyclones
Name Dates of winds
>39 mph
Maximum
Sustained Winds
Minimum
Central Pressure
Landfall
Hurricane Earl
(Cat. 1)
August 2nd–6th 80 mph 979 mb Near Belize City, Belize
Tropical Storm Fiona August 17th–23rd 50 mph 1004 mb N/A
Hurricane Gaston August 22nd
September 3rd
120 mph 956 mb N/A
Hurricane Hermine
(Cat. 1)
August 28th
September 3rd
80 mph 982 mb Landfall near Big Bend, Florida on Sept. 3 — more info in Sept. report

East Pacific

August 2016 Tropical Cyclone Counts
Storm Type August 2016 August 1981-2010 Average Record Most for August
Period of Record: 1949-2016
Tropical Storm
(Winds >39 mph)
6 4.2 8
(1968)
Hurricane
(Winds >74 mph)
2 2.2
6
(1972, 2016)
Major Hurricane
(Winds >111 mph)
2 1.1 4
(1972, 1993, 2016)
August 2016 Individual Tropical Cyclones
Name Dates of winds
>39 mph
Maximum
Sustained Winds
Minimum
Central Pressure
Landfall
Tropical Storm Howard July 31st
August 3rd
60 mph 999 mb N/A
Tropical Storm Ivette August 2nd– 8th 60 mph 1008 mb N/A
Tropical Storm Javier August 7th– 9th 65 mph 998 mb N/A — storm brushed the Baja California Peninsula
Tropical Storm Kay August 18th– 23rd 50 mph 1000 mb N/A
Hurricane Lester
(Cat. 4)
August 24th – September 7th 140 mph 947 mb N/A — storm passed just north of Hawaii
Hurricane Madeline
(Cat. 4)
August 26th– September 3rd 130 mph 950 mb N/A — storm passed just south of Hawaii

Citing This Report

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, State of the Climate: Monthly Tropical Cyclones Report for August 2016, published online September 2016, retrieved on May 27, 2022 from https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/access/monitoring/monthly-report/tropical-cyclones/201608.

Metadata

https://data.nodc.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/iso?id=gov.noaa.ncdc:C00775