And this was the first such season since 1994 that ended with no known major hurricanes. The season began on 1st June and ended on 30th November.
The first storm of the season, Andrea, developed on June 5, while the final cyclone, Melissa, dissipated on November 22. Throughout the year, only two hurricanes – Humberto and Ingrid – reached hurricane intensity; this was the lowest seasonal total since 1983.
Tropical Storm Andrea in early June killed 4 after making landfall in Florida and moving up the United States East Coast. In early July, Tropical Storm Chantal moved through the Leeward Islands, killing 1 and setting a record for the quickest-moving tropical cyclone in the deep tropics on record. Tropical storms Dorian and Erin, and Hurricane Humberto, all brought squally weather but limited impact to the Cape Verde Islands.
Particularly hit was Mexico, where tropical storms Barry, Fernand, Tropical Depression Eight, and Hurricane Ingrid all made landfall. In early October, Karen brought showers and gusty winds to the central Gulf Coast. A month later, Melissa passed near the Azores with similar effects.
All major forecasting agencies predicted an above-average season. On April 10, Colorado State University (CSU) forecast 18 named storms, 9 hurricanes, and 4 major hurricanes. On May 23, NOAA predicted a range of 13 to 20 named storms, 7 to 11 hurricanes, and 3 to 6 major hurricanes. Following less activity than forecast, both agencies reduced their seasonal predictions in early August; CSU predicted 18 named storms, 8 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes, while NOAA called for 13 to 19 named storms, 6 to 9 hurricanes, and 3 to 5 major hurricanes.
Despite the revisions, activity remained far below predictions, at 13 named storms, 2 hurricanes, and 0 major hurricanes. On November 29, Dr. Phil Klotzbach of CSU noted that, “(Dr. Gray and I) have been doing these forecasts for 30 years and that’s probably the biggest forecast bust that we’ve had so, obviously, that’s obviously not a great feeling.”