Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The first hurricane of the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially formed Friday. Hurricane Danielle was recognized as the season’s first after intensifying from a storm into a Category 1 hurricane status early Friday.
Danielle was located approximately 900 kilometers west of the Azores when it became a hurricane. While not expected to make landfall, forecasters are expecting the system to strengthen over the next few days.
Hurricane Danielle is forecast to meander across the North Atlantic posing hazards only to shipping routes. According to The Weather Channel, the last time a first seasonal hurricane developed in the month of September was in 2013.
By this time last year, the Atlantic had five hurricanes recorded after the development of Hurricane Larry on August 31. Larry became the third major hurricane of the season, hitting the Canadian island of Newfoundland before finally dissipating September 13.
The last named storm in the Atlantic for the 2022 season was Colin on July 3. So far, 2022 is reportedly the quietest hurricane season in 34 years.