The second tropical depression of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season formed Monday evening about 1,205 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.
Another sign that hurricane season is ongoing Ė the second tropical depression of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season formed Monday evening about 1,205 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.
Maximum sustained winds were 35 mph. The depression is not expected to increase in strength before dissipating and becoming a remnant low by Thursday. Maximum sustained winds must reach 39 mph for a depression to be upgraded to a tropical storm.
Depression 2 was moving to the west at about 16 mph.
Hurricane Arthur was the first hurricane of the season. It traveled up the U.S. east coast over the Independence Day weekend and made landfall on the Outer Banks of North Carolina July 4 as a Category 2 hurricane with wind gusts of more than 100 mph.
Hurricane season began June 1 and continues through Nov. 30.
Experts with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationís Climate Prediction Center releases an outlook May 22 predicting that this season would have near-normal or below-normal activity. The outlook gives a 50 percent chance of a below-normal season, a 40 percent chance of a near-normal season and a 10 percent chance of an above-normal season.
The outlook also calls for a 70 percent chance that eight to 13 names storms will form with three to six strengthening into a hurricane and one to two becoming major hurricanes. The average, from 1981 to 2010, is 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes.