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The 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season was extremely active, with almost every single storm becoming hurricanes. 2012 was the second-most active hurricane season ever recorded and the first to last 2 years. Hurricane Zeta was the strongest and latest major hurricane ever recorded, reaching the status on January 1, while Hurricane Allen was the earliest Category 5 on record, reaching the status on January 12th. Hurricane Jake (known as Hypercane Jake) was the strongest cyclone on Earth with winds of 330 mph and a pressure of 815 mbars. Hurricane Tammy is the strongest November storm ever recorded and only Category 5 in November. The super-catastrophic season finally ended in 2013. There were 46 storms.

Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) Rating

ACE (104 kt2) – Storm: Source
1 248.94 Jake 12.5 62.75 Paloma
2 100.00 Johnathan 13.5 59.21 Cindy
3 89.60 Zeta 14 59.09 Isabella
4 80.99 Allen 15 59.92 Wilma
5 79.54 Jesse 16 51.02 Vick
6 77.64 Alex 17 39.85 Fred
7 74.42 Gillian 18 35.20 Kim
8 72.00 Julian 19 29.01 Dennis
9 70.00 Harry 20 26.09 Ophelia
10 69.84 Logan

21

24.98

Vick

11 64.81 Ron
12 63.97 Tammy

13

59.13

Tony

Total=1493.30 (1,493)

ACE is the result of a storm's winds multiplied by how long it lasted for, so storms that lasted a long time (like Dennis, Fabian, Nathan, and Cindy), as well as particularly strong hurricanes (like Jake, Allen, Johnathan, Jesse, and Alex), have higher ACE totals. 2012 was extraordinarily active in these terms; with an ACE total of 1493.30, the ACE of the 2012 season was higher than any other Atlantic hurricane season on Planet Earth. The 2012 season also holds the record for the most storms with an ACE higher than 20, twenty, (Jake, Johnathan, Allen, Jesse, Alex, Julian, Gillian, Ida, Harry, Paloma, Logan, Cindy, Isabella, Wilma, Vick, Kim, Nick, Cindy, Dennis, Ron, and Ophelia.) With an ACE of 248.94, Hurricanes Jake and Johnathan are the only ones of the Atlantic hurricanes on Earth with an ACE exceeding 100. Since subtropical storms are not included in season totals, Subtropical Storm 2,3,4 are omitted out of this list.

Storms

Hurricane Alex

Main article: Hurricane Alex (2012)
Category 5 hurricane

 (SSHS)

Mitch oct 24 1998 1913Z.jpg Hurricane Alex.jpg
Duration April 8April 19
Intensity 185 mph (295 km/h) (1-min) 890 mbar (hPa; 26.28 inHg)

Hurricane Alex formed from a wave that had heavy rain . The first advisory was announced from the NHC on 10:45 am stating that the 1st depression of the season has formed 800 miles from The Bahamas. Under favorable conditions, it quickly developed into Tropical Storm Alex. A small ragged eye was starting to appear on infrared satellite. NHC set the winds at 70 mph (110 km/h). After flunctuating in intensity, it became a Category 1 hurricane wih winds of 80 mph (130 km/h). A advisory from the NHC was announced on 12:00 PM April 10, stating that a clear eye has formed and winds have reached 145 mph (230 km/h). A recon was sent to Tropical Depression 3 and Hurricane Alex. When the recon went to Alex, it recorded winds of 160 mph (260 km/h) and NHC upgraded the storm to a Category 5 hurricane, the first since Hurricane Dean of 2007. Alex reached a peak of 185 mph (297 km/h). Alex made landfall on the Yucatan Peninsula with winds of 180 mph (295 km/h), bringing torrential rainfall, devastating storm surge, and deadly mudslides to the area. Weakening slightly over the day but still remaining a powerful Category 5, Alex continued west into the Gulf of Mexico with winds of 175 mph (280 km/h). The next day, Alex made landfall in Mexico as a Category 4 with winds of 140 mph (220 km/h). Alex weakened into a tropical storm the next day over the arid desert, and degenerated into a remnant low the following day.

Tropical Storm Barry

Tropical storm

 (SSHS)

Counterclockwise vortex
Duration April 9April 24
Intensity 40 mph (65 km/h) (1-min) 1010 mbar (hPa; 29.83 inHg)

Barry formed from a wave that spawned 3 tropical lows. One moved into the Caribbean and didn't develop while the other became TD 1. It became Tropical Storm Barry south of Central America. It crossed Central America and dissipated.

Hurricane Celia

Main article: Hurricane Celia (2012)
Category 5 hurricane

 (SSHS)

Edward 1980.jpg Hurricane Celia 3-L.png
Duration April 10April 18
Intensity 160 mph (260 km/h) (1-min) 920 mbar (hPa; 27.17 inHg)

Hurricane Celia formed from a wave that spawned 3 systems. Two went into the Carribean while the other went towards Bermuda. NHC issued it's first advisory stating that the low has become Tropical Depression Three. NHC issued an Tropical Storm watch for Bermuda. At 4:00 pm on August 11 it became Tropical Storm Celia, upgrading the Bermuda storm watch to a warning. A hurricane warning was announced on 10:00 from the NHC stating that an small eye has formed and winds have increased to 110 mph (175 km/h). A advisory was announced right after that stating that Celia went east and passed Bermuda with winds of 160 mph (260 km/h). Celia continued north and lost tropical characteristics. Celia became extratropical the next day.

Hurricane Dennis

Category 2 hurricane

 (SSHS)

Hurricane Erin 2001.jpg Hurricane Dennis 4-L.png
Duration May 8May 15
Intensity 105 mph (165 km/h) (1-min) 973 mbar (hPa; 28.73 inHg)

Hurricane Dennis formed from a low that moved off Africa. It moved north-northwest. NHC gave it a 60% chance to develop. The chance dropped to 50% then 20%. It started to develop and NHC increased the chance to 90%. NHC issued it's first advisory on Tropical Depression Four. It's winds increased to 45 mph (75 km/h), but no LLC. A weak LLC formed and NHC upgraded TD 4 to Tropical Storm Dennis. Dennis slowly strengthened churning towards Bermuda. Dennis turned slightly west, causing dangerous wave conditions on the US coast. Dennis rapidly strengthened to a peak of 105 mph (165 km/h). Dennis turned east-northeast and became a strong extratropical storm over Greenland.

Tropical Storm Eli

Tropical storm

 (SSHS)

Barry 1960.jpg Tropical Storm Eli 5-L.png
Duration May 19May 22
Intensity 65 mph (100 km/h) (1-min) 989 mbar (hPa; 29.21 inHg)

Tropical Storm Eli formed from a wave that moved into the Bay of Compeche. NHC issued it's first advisory on Tropical Depression Five. Tropical Depression 5 had 48 hours to strengthen into a Tropical Storm. Tropical Depression 5 became Tropical Storm Eli. Tropical Storm Eli slowly organized, and made landfall in Mexico with winds of 65 mph (105 km/h). Eli dissipated in Oklahoma on May 21.

Hurricane Fabian

Category 4 hurricane

 (SSHS)

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Duration May 25June 2
Intensity 155 mph (250 km/h) (1-min) 935 mbar (hPa; 27.61 inHg)

Hurricane Fabian developed from a wave from the Cape Verde Islands. After moving into the open waters, NHC issued it's first advisory on Tropical Depression Six. TD 6 quickly became Tropical Storm Fabian. Convective banding features began to show on satellite images, and an eye was starting to form. A small eye, 5 to 10 miles formed, and NHC upgraded Tropical Storm Fabian to a hurricane with winds of 85 mph (140 km/h). Fabian continued to develop and became a major hurricane with winds of 120 mph (195 km/h). Fabian entered the Caribbean with winds slightly higher, 125 mph (205 km/h). Fabian made landfall in Haiti as a high Category 4 hurricane with winds of 155 mph (250 km/h). Fabian continued northeast as it was slowly weakening. Fabian went into the open waters and lost tropical characteristics.

Hurricane Gillian

Category 5 hurricane

 (SSHS)

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Duration June 26July 3
Intensity 190 mph (305 km/h) (1-min) 891 mbar (hPa; 26.31 inHg)

Hurricane Gillian formed from a wave near Belize. A recon recorded tropical storm force winds and a strong LLC and NHC upgraded the low to Tropical Storm Gillian. NHC noted that Gillian was starting to explosively strengthen. Gillian rapidly strengthened to winds of 130 mph (215 km/h). Gillian continued to strengthen and Gillian reached Category 5 status, the second to do so this season. Gillian reached it's peak of 195 mph (315 km/h) while entering the Gulf of Mexico, as confirmed by NOAA. Gillian made landfall in Cameron and Vermillion Parishes with those winds. Gillian continued north as an depression and dissipated near Shreveport, LA. Gillian was the deadliest hurricane to hit in those parishes since Hurricane Rita of 2005.

Hurricane Harry

Category 5 hurricane

 (SSHS)

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Duration July 11July 22
Intensity 165 mph (270 km/h) (1-min) 900 mbar (hPa; 26.58 inHg)

Hurricane Harry formed from a Cape Verde type low. NHC started the monitor the storm as it developed quickly. NHC issued it's first advisory on Tropical Depression Eight. Tropical Depression Eight continued to organize, and the circulation of the system closed, and NHC upgraded TD 8 to Tropical Storm Harry. Harry continued to strengthen due to favorable conditions and reached hurricane status 450 miles from the Windward Islands. Harry began to strengthen more rapidly and became a major hurricane. Harry entered the Caribbean with winds of 145 mph (230 km/h). Harry reached it's peak intensity of 165 mph (275 km/h). Harry made landfall in Haiti and caused catastrophic damage before entering water. Harry became extratropical the next day.

Hurricane Isabella

Main article: Hurricane Isabella (2012)
Category 5 hurricane

 (SSHS)

Hugo sept 21 1989.jpg Hurricane Isabella 9-L.JPG
Duration July 23August 3
Intensity 160 mph (260 km/h) (1-min) 920 mbar (hPa; 27.17 inHg)

Hurricane Isabella formed from a wave moving off Africa. The wave spawned an area of low pressure roughly 120 miles from the Cape Verde Islands. NHC began monitoring the system as it started to circulate and organize. A ship found a weak surface circulation and NHC upgraded the low into Tropical Depression Nine. It was upgraded to a storm later that day, but NHC didn't go with the update until the next day. Tropical Storm Isabella continued west-northwest instead of east-northeast. NHC made hurricane watches and tropical storm warnings for the coast of the Carolinas. A recon was sent to Isabella as it progressed. Winds were recorded of 80 mph (130 km/h) and NHC upgraded Isabella to the 7th hurricane of the season. Isabella continued to strengthen and reached major hurricane status 400 miles from South Carolina. Isabella reached peak winds of 160 mph (260 km/h), just barely at Category 5. Isabella made landfall in South Carolina and rapidly decayed into a remnant low. The remnant low became a Mesoscale Convective Vortex the next day.

Hurricane Julian

Category 5 hurricane

 (SSHS)

Hetty.jpg Hurricane Julian 10-L.JPG
Duration August 17August 31
Intensity 190 mph (305 km/h) (1-min) 895 mbar (hPa; 26.43 inHg)

Hurricane Julian formed from a low that moved off Africa. NHC started to monitor the storm when it became Tropical Depression Ten. Tropical Depression 10 became disorganized due to Hurricane Isabella north of it. Isabella made landfall shortly after that, and NHC upgraded Tropical Depression Ten to Tropical Storm Julian. Julian strengthened moderate due to a low that would become Hurricane Jake. Julian began to strengthen rapidly and reached hurricane status 155 miles west of Cape Verde. A special update was announced by NHC stating that Julian has reached winds of 120 mph (195 km/h). Julian continued to strengthen and reached winds of 190 mph (305 km/h). The strong storm was later absorbed by even stronger Hurricane Jake.

Hypercane Jake

Category 5 hurricane

 (SSHS)

Typhoon tip peak.jpg Hurricane Jake 11-L (revised).png
Duration August 20November 19
Intensity 330 mph (530 km/h) (1-min) 815 mbar (hPa; 24.07 inHg)

Hypercane Jake formed from a wave that moved off the west coast of Africa, just in time to herald the Cape Verde season. The wave had struggled somewhat inland, but still remained fairly well defined upon exiting the coast east of the Cape Verde Islands. It continued crawling slowly westward, entering the Eastern Atlantic early on August 19. The wave began to organize, and spawned an area of low pressure 120 miles east of the Cape Verde Islands. The system then rapidly organized and was deemed likely to develop into a depression. At 12:00 noon the NHC declared that the low had in fact developed into a depression, the 11th of the undeniably hyperactive 2012 Atlantic hurricane season. Already, the outflow of the fledgling system was very well developed, wind shear was practically nonexistent, there was extremely high moisture content at all levels of the atmosphere, and sea surface temperatures were dramatically above average in the path of the system; all ingredients were in place for development at a pace possibly never before recorded. The storm was being steered west-northwestward by a strong mid-level steering current that took it along the southern periphery of a well developed high pressure ridge. A mere 3 hours after becoming a depression, the storm quickly intensified into a tropical storm and was given the name Jake.

An eyewall was observed another fleeting 3 hours later, meaning that Jake had intensified into a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 90 mph (150 km/h). The explosive intensification was fueled by water temperatures of over 95 F, super-abundant upper level moisture and complete absence of wind shear. Then in just another 6 hours, a clear eye was seen in satellite and infrared images, and the NHC upgraded Jake to a major (category 3) hurricane with winds of 125 mph (205 km/h). less than 6 hours later, the NHC issued a special advisory indicating that Jake had intensified to a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 150 mph (240 km/h).

As the cyclone continued to strengthen relentlessly, with the central pressure falling like a rock, a massive eyewall with a classic stadium effect was noted by satellite images and by Hurricane Hunters. Jake then went through a eyewall replacement cycle that took just 3 hours and developed an enormous eye 200 miles in diameter, the biggest eye ever recorded in a cyclone. Tropical Storm force winds extended up to 1,500 mi and hurricane force winds extended up to 700 mi from the center of circulation. A reconnaissance aircraft flying through the eye observed a temperature in excess of 99 F, the highest temperature ever recorded in a hurricane's eye. In another 3 hours, the NHC issued the second special advisory, informing that Jake had became a formidable Category 5 hurricane with winds of 175 mph (280 km/h).

Continuing to strengthen and eventually reaching the Caribbean after creeping forward at an agonizingly slow pace for many days, the behemoth entered the Gulf of Mexico with maximum sustained winds of 215 mph. Astonishingly, at that stage, despite its already unprecedented intensity, Jake deepened explosively and reached its record-setting peak intensity of 330 mph and a minimum central pressure of 815 mbars, the lowest ever recorded in an Atlantic tropical cyclone. Jake then made landfall near Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana, with winds of 230 mph (370 km/h) flattening just about everything imaginable in its path. The hypercane maintained its intensity and size until it reached Florida and weakened to a high-end Category 3 hurricane.

The historical hurricane then entered open waters and continued very slowly northward (sometimes spinning in place for hours or up to a day at a time), stubbornly maintaining full tropical characteristics and eventually making landfall in Greenland and the North Pole as a Category 1 hurricane. Finally, it rapidly transitioned to a long-lived and fierce snowstorm and dissipated on November 19 over the Arctic Ocean, after an unprecedented extended trek.

Hurricane Kim

Main article: Hurricane Kim (2012)
Category 3 hurricane

 (SSHS)

Hurr-bonnie 1998.JPG Hurricane Kim (revised).png
Duration September 1September 10
Intensity 120 mph (195 km/h) (1-min) 943 mbar (hPa; 27.85 inHg)

Kim formed from Julian's remnants. NHC issued it's first advisory on Subtropical Depression Twelve. SD 12 began to transfer into a Tropical Depression with it's circulation changing due to Hurricane Jake's outflow. NHC renamed the depression "Tropical Depression 12." Twelve was upgraded to Tropical Storm Kim shortly after that. Substantial strengthening began, and Kim made it to hurricane strength. A special advisory was announced by the NHC stating that Kim has reached a peak of 120 mph (195 km/h). Kim turned northwest and made landfall on the Delmarva Peninsula, one of only 4 storms in recorded history to do so, after Tropical Storm Dean of 1983. Kim survived a remnant low until it reached Atlantic Canada and dissipated. Kim caused numerous deaths in the East Coast.

Hurricane Logan

Main article: Hurricane Logan (2012)
Category 5 hurricane

 (SSHS)

Felix 3 sept 2007 1830Z.jpg Hurricane Logan 13-L.png
Duration September 9September 18
Intensity 180 mph (285 km/h) (1-min) 891 mbar (hPa; 26.31 inHg)

A wave spawned 2 systems, one of them dissipated, while the other became the 13th depression of the season. Thirteen organized slowly due to a strong wave that would later spawn Tropical Storm Mary and Nick. NHC upgraded TD 13 to Logan, the 13th named storm of the season. Lee was showing signs of rapid intensification, as shown by satellite images. A special advisory was issued from the NHC stating that Logan has reached winds of 150 mph (240 km/h), a high end Category 4 hurricane. Logan continued to strengthen, largely because of the strong La Nina and SSTS up to 105 F. A large, but perfect eye was seen on all satellites. Lee reached it's final peak intensity of 180 mph (285 km/h) and a pressure of 891 mbar. Lee made landfall near Nicaragua and weakened into a remnant low. The remnant low entered the Pacific and became Tropical Depression One-E.

Tropical Storm Mary

Tropical storm

 (SSHS)

TSJose 2005.jpg Tropical Storm Mary 14-L.png
Duration September 18September 23
Intensity 60 mph (95 km/h) (1-min) 991 mbar (hPa; 29.26 inHg)

A wave spawned two systems. One went out to sea and the other in the Caribbean. It was nearly absorbed by Hurricane Logan. When it neared Belize, a closed circulation was found by satellite, and NHC issued it's first advisory on Tropical Depression Fourteen. Fourteen made landfall on the Yucatan and weakened into an remnant low. When the remnant low reached the Gulf of Mexico, NHC reupgraded the remnant low to TD Fourteen. TD 14 continued to organize, and a recon was sent to Fourteen. NHC upgraded TD 14 to Mary, the 14th storm of the season. Mary strengthened to a peak of 60 mph (95 km/h) before making landfall in Southeast Mexico. Mary quickly dissipated.

Hurricane Nick

Category 1 hurricane

 (SSHS)

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Duration September 19October 1
Intensity 80 mph (130 km/h) (1-min) 988 mbar (hPa; 29.18 inHg)

A wave spawned two systems, one would be Tropical Depression Fourteen, and the other TD Fifteen. Tropical Depression 15 moved northeast towards Europe. Unusually high temperatures allowed Fifteen to strengthen into Nick, the 15th storm of the season, and the first season to use the N letter since 2011. Nick reached a peak of 80 mph (130 km/h). Nick strengthened into a Category 1 before becoming extratropical.

Post storm analysis

Records show that Nick was a hurricane shortly before weakening.

Hurricane Ophelia

Category 2 hurricane

 (SSHS)

Gloria 1960.jpg Hurricane Orlene 16-L.png
Duration September 26October 5
Intensity 105 mph (165 km/h) (1-min) 963 mbar (hPa; 28.44 inHg)

Hurricane Ophelia formed from a depression that was found 400 miles of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It was named Tropical Depression Sixteen. It became Subtropical, then Tropical. It was upgraded to Ophelia, but NHC didn't follow suit until later that day. Ophelia was predicted to rapidly strengthen, but was lowered to modest, because of land interaction. Ophelia became a hurricane 600 miles from Newfoundland and reached a peak of 105 mph (165 km/h). A front absorbed Ophelia later that day.

Tropical Storm Peter

Tropical storm

 (SSHS)

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Duration September 30October 1
Intensity 65 mph (100 km/h) (1-min) 995 mbar (hPa; 29.38 inHg)

A vigorous low formed near the Mississippi River. Satellite found tropical storm force winds and the low was upgraded to Tropical Storm Peter. mircowave images shown a 16 to 21 mile wide eye forming and was upgraded to a hurricane, and later made landfall at Pensacola, Florida with winds of 65 mph (100 km/h). Nearly a day after landfall, Peter dissipated.

Hurricane Ron

Category 5 hurricane

 (SSHS)

Andrew 23 aug 1992 1231Z.jpg Hurricane Ron 18-L.png
Duration October 8October 19
Intensity 180 mph (285 km/h) (1-min) 900 mbar (hPa; 26.58 inHg)

A wave moved off Africa on October 6. A subtropical high pushed the wave west-northwestward towards The Bahamas and Florida. The thunderstorms became more concentrated, and strong rainbands formed. It was designated as Tropical Depression Eighteen. Eighteen continued to organize, and NHC upgraded the depression to Tropical Storm Ron. On October 9, the convection deepened even more, and an eye was forming. Later that day, Ron was upgraded to an hurricane with winds at 90 mph (150 km/h). When Rachel encountered very favorable conditions, Ron rapidly intensified. In a 14 hour period, Ron's pressure dropped from 984 to 913, 71 mbars. Ron made landfall in Jupiter, Florida with winds of 140 mph (220 km/h). Ron emerged into the Gulf with winds of 125 mph (200 km/h) and a pressure of 947 mbar. Ron rapidly intensified, reaching peak winds of 180 mph (285 km/h) and a pressure of 900 mbar. Ron made landfall near Lafayette, LA and weakened into a storm. When Ron reached Tennessee, it dissipated.

Hurricane Stan

Category 4 hurricane

 (SSHS)

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Duration October 14October 24
Intensity 145 mph (230 km/h) (1-min) 945 mbar (hPa; 27.91 inHg)

A wave moved off Africa on August 12. Deep convection formed near the center of the wave. The wave spawned an area of low pressure 200 miles south of the Cape Verde Islands. Thunderstorms inside the low became more concentrated, and a well defined surface circulation was found. It was designated as Tropical Depression Nineteen. Nineteen gained enough convection to be named as Stan. Stan strengthened rapidly and on the morning of October 16, Stan became the 13th hurricane of the season. Stan became a Category 2 hurricane while entering the Caribbean. Stan reached a peak of 145 mph (230 km/h) while nearing Jamaica. Stan reached the Gulf of Mexico and turned east. Stan did a loop and made landfall in Orlando, Florida. Stan dissipated when it entered Georgia.

Subtropical Storm 1

Subtropical storm

 (SSHS)

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Duration November 1November 10
Intensity 75 mph (120 km/h) (1-min) 969 mbar (hPa; 28.61 inHg)

An extratropical low formed at an edge of a front. It began traveling south, gaining subtropical looks. An special advisory was announced from the NHC stating that an Subtropical Dperession has formed. A recon was sent into the storm and recorded winds of 75 mph, and was upgraded to a Subtropical Storm. After brushing The Bahamas, Subtropical Storm 1 aimed for Florida. SS1 passed through Florida, but dissipated when it reached Louisiana.

Hurricane Tammy

Category 5 hurricane

 (SSHS)

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Duration November 5November 19
Intensity 200 mph (325 km/h) (1-min) 870 mbar (hPa; 25.69 inHg)

A vigorous low entered the Caribbean. Strong thunderstorms and deep convection formed at the center. It was designated as the 21st depression of the season. Twenty continued to organize, and reached storm status 300 miles southwest of Haiti. Tammy rapidly intensified and reached hurricane status. Tammy began explosive intensification, and dropped from 952 to 898, 54 mbars. Tammy made landfall on the Yucatan at it's peak of 180 mph (285 km/h) and a pressure of 870 mbars. Tammy became disorganized quickly and entered the Gulf as a 40 mph (65 km/h) storm. Tammy slightly strengthened and mad landfall in Pensacola, Florida with winds of 65 mph (100 km/h). Tammy dissipated in Georgia.

Hurricane Vick

Category 4 hurricane

 (SSHS)

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Duration November 18December 3
Intensity 130 mph (215 km/h) (1-min) 929 mbar (hPa; 27.43 inHg)

A low formed from the ITCZ. It's circulation gradually developed, and the low was upgraded to Tropical Depression Twenty-two. Winds increased to Tropical storm force, and it was named Vick. Low wind shear and warm waters allowed Vick to reach hurricane status 750 miles from the Windward Islands on November 20. Vick continued to intensify gradually due to warm waters and very low wind shear of 1 knot. Vick achieved major hurricane status 400 miles north of the Lesser Antilles. Vick began to parallel the East Coast of the US when it reached it's peak of 130 mph (210 km/h). Interaction with the East Coast weakened Vick back into a Category 2 hurricane with winds of 100 mph (155 km/h). Vick made landfall in Nova Scotia shortly after that, and became extratropical on December 3rd.

Hurricane Wilma

Category 5 hurricane

 (SSHS)

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Duration November 30December 12
Intensity 180 mph (285 km/h) (1-min) 892 mbar (hPa; 26.34 inHg)

A large wave of thunderstorms moved into the Caribbean. An area of low pressure was spawned 200 miles south of Haiti, and quickly became more concentrated. On the last day of the hurricane season, it was well organized enough to be upgraded to Tropical Depression Twenty-three. Twenty-three reached winds of 65 mph (100 km/h), but there was no well defined low level circulation. Twenty-three was upgraded to Tropical Storm Wilma due from a rapidly organizing circulation. An eye was seen from infrared satellite, and Wilma was upgraded to a hurricane, the 17th of the active season. Wilma explosively intensified, reaching peak winds of 135 mph (215 km/h) near Cozumel. Wilma recurved and became extratropical 1,980 miles from the East Coast of the US.

Subtropical Storm 2

Category 1 hurricane

 (SSHS)

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Duration December 5December 13
Intensity 80 mph (130 km/h) (1-min) 989 mbar (hPa; 29.21 inHg)

An extratropical low formed at an edge of a front. It began traveling south, gaining subtropical looks. An special advisory was NHC saying an Subtropical Storm has formed. A recon was sent into the storm and recorded winds of 75 mph, but the Storm wasn't tropical for it to be a hurricane. After brushing The Bahamas, Subtropical Storm 2 aimed for Florida. Two passed through Florida, but dissipated when it reached the Gulf of Mexico.

Subtropical Storm 4

Category 1 hurricane

 (SSHS)

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Duration December 10December 17
Intensity 75 mph (120 km/h) (1-min) 985 mbar (hPa; 29.09 inHg)

The last subtropical storm of the season, Subtropical Storm 4, formed from a cold front extended from the US to Europe. It failed to develop an warm core until December 10, when it became Subtropical Storm 4, skipping depression status. It weakened into a hybrid low while preforming a loop northeast. It regained storm status and then a hurricane and reached peak winds of 75 mph (120 km/h). Dry air entrained into Beta's circulation made it become disorganized and it dissipated.

Hurricane Zeta

Category 5 hurricane

 (SSHS)

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Duration December 31January 13, 2013
Intensity 195 mph (315 km/h) (1-min) 880 mbar (hPa; 25.99 inHg)

The last storm of the year, but not the season, formed in the ITCZ. Moving north, it developed into Tropical Depression Twenty-six. It slowly intensified, reaching storm status and given the name Zeta. Wind shear slowly increased, and Zeta nearly weakened into a depression. Zeta dropped it's winds to 35 mph (55 km/h), but was still kept a tropical storm due to a low level circulation. Zeta began to gradually strengthen, and reached hurricane status on December 31 at 10.1 north latitude, nearly beating Hurricane Jake. Zeta reached its record peak on January 5 with winds of 195 mph (315 km/h). Shortly afterwards, Zeta began to slowly weaken, and became extratropical on January 13th.

Hurricane Allen

Category 5 hurricane

 (SSHS)

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Duration January 12January 31
Intensity 190 mph (305 km/h) (1-min) 862 mbar (hPa; 25.45 inHg)

A vigorous low formed west of the Windward Islands. It began organizing on January 11. It reached depression strength while moving westward. It stalled in the Carribean with no change in intensity. Tropical Depression Twenty-seven intensified to winds of 45 mph and was given the name Allen. It gradually intensified while moving at 24 knots. It became the 19th hurricane of the season, reaching winds of 80 mph (130 km/h). Allen continued to intensify rapidly, and reached major hurricane 145 miles south of Haiti. An eye 65 to 75 mi. wide was seen on satellite, and Allen was upgraded to a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 150 mph (240 km/h). Allen's intensity flunctuated because of an eyewall replacement cycle, and Allen weakened into a Category 2 hurricane. Allen regained Category 4 status the next day, and reached Category 5 later that day. Allen reached it's peak of 190 mph (305 km/h) for 48 hours before gradually weakening due to interaction with Mexico. Allen reached the Gulf of Mexico as a weakened tropical storm. Allen rapidly intensified and made landfall near Soto la Marina as a moderate Category 4 hurricane. Allen quickly lost it's circulation, and dissipated inland over South Texas.

Tropical Storm Bonnie

Tropical storm

 (SSHS)

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Duration January 19January 24
Intensity 65 mph (100 km/h) (1-min) 987 mbar (hPa; 29.15 inHg)

A non-tropical wave formed in the Caribbean. It continued northwest without developing. It crossed into the Yucatan, and started to organize. Over land, It became Tropical Depression Twenty-eight, at a unusual place for tropical cyclones to form. Twenty-eight entered the Bay of Campeche and intensified into a storm and was named Bonnie. Bonnie rapidly intensified and reached peak of 65 mph (120 km/h). Bonnie made landfall again on the Yucatan and weakened back into a depression. Bonnie struggled to survive due to Tropical Depression Twenty-nine. Bonnie was absorbed by Cindy.

Hurricane Cindy

Category 3 hurricane

 (SSHS)

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Duration January 23February 2
Intensity 120 mph (195 km/h) (1-min) 950 mbar (hPa; 28.05 inHg)

A wave moved off Africa. It spawned a low roughly 1,200 miles northwest of the Cape Verde Islands. As it approached the Bahamas, It rapidly organized. After moving through the Florida Keys, It was upgraded to Tropical Depression Twenty-nine. Twenty-nine became Cindy shortly before absorbing Bonnie. Cindy rapidly intensified and skipped Category 1 and 2. Cindy reached peak strength of 120 mph (185 km/h). Cindy made landfall in Venice, Louisiana at peak. Cindy became extratropical over Arkansas.

Hurricane David

Category 2 hurricane

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Duration February 20March 6
Intensity 105 mph (165 km/h) (1-min) 949 mbar (hPa; 28.02 inHg)

A low moved off Africa. It became Tropical Depression Thirty. Thirty slowly intensified and was upgraded to a Tropical Storm, at the time given the name David. David began to gradually intensify and neared hurricane strength March 2. The next day, David reached hurricane strength. David reached it's peak of 105 mph (165 km/h). David slowly weakened and became extratropical as a Category 1 hurricane.

Tropical Storm Ethan

Tropical storm

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Duration April 18April 26
Intensity 65 mph (100 km/h) (1-min) 989 mbar (hPa; 29.21 inHg)

Ethan formed of an Subtropical low. It had half tropical and subtropical. It became more tropical, and it became the 31st depression of the season. After continued organizing and strengthening, a closed circulation formed, and it became Tropical Storm Ethan. Tropical Storm Ethan was predicted to strengthen into a hurricane, but it didn't. Ethan went north and reached it's peak near the North Pole. It dissipated after that.

Hurricane Fred

Category 3 hurricane

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Duration April 25May 9
Intensity 115 mph (185 km/h) (1-min) 969 mbar (hPa; 28.61 inHg)

A wave formed from the ITCZ. It spawned a giant area of low pressure 120 miles south of the Cape Verde. It quickly organized and becme Tropical Depression Thirty-two. Under favorable conditions, besides the time of the year, Thirty-two became Tropical Storm Fred. Fred organized and gradually intensified continuing north. The NOAA sent a aircraft to do an investigation of Fred. Aircraft recorded strong winds of 105 mph (165 km/h), and Fred was upgraded to a Category 2 hurricane. Fred continued to strengthen, and reached peak winds of 115 mph (185 km/h), a weak Category 3. Fred began to weaken, but weakened very slowly. The same with David, Fred became extratropical as a Category 1.

Hurricane Gert

Category 1 hurricane

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Duration April 27 – May 4
Intensity 75 mph (120 km/h) (1-min) 990 mbar (hPa; 29.23 inHg)

Hurricane Gert formed from a low in the ITCZ with Hurricane Fred. It became TD 35. TD 35 headed towards the US coast. It became Tropical Storm Gert halfway there. When Gert was 145 miles of the coast it had winds of 70 mph. Gert became a Category 1 Hurricane when it made landfall. It dissipated on the 4th of May.

Hurricane Henri

Category 2 hurricane

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Duration June 15June 23
Intensity 110 mph (175 km/h) (1-min) 968 mbar (hPa; 28.59 inHg)

Hurricane Henri formed as a depression near the Azores. Thirty-four reached storm status and was named Henri. Henri continued to strengthen and became a hurricane. Henri reached it's peak as a strong Category 2 hurricane near the Azores. Henri became extratropical two days after.

Hurricane Ida

Category 5 hurricane

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Duration July 6July 19
Intensity 195 mph (315 km/h) (1-min) 876 mbar (hPa; 25.87 inHg)

One of the strongest Category 5s of the season, Hurricane Ida, formed from a wave that moved off Africa. It quickly developed into Tropical Depression Thirty-five. It quickly intensified into a storm, at the time was given the name Ida. Ida rapidly intensified during the day, reaching hurricane status the next day. Ida continued to strengthen, and reached Category 5 status near the Dominican Republic. Ida made landfall in the islands, at it's peak of 195 mph (315 km/h). Ida maintained it's peak until moving near the East Coast of the US. Ida paralleled the coast and went out to sea. Ida became extratropical over Europe.

Hurricane Jesse

Category 5 hurricane

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Duration August 2August 13
Intensity 195 mph (315 km/h) (1-min) 862 mbar (hPa; 25.45 inHg)

Hurricane Jesse formed out of Tropical Depression Thirty-six. The depression rapidly strengthened to Tropical Storm Jesse. Jesse explosively strengthened to a peak of 195 mph (315 km/h). Jesse nearly made landfall on the Yucatan, but made landfall in Louisiana as a weak Category 5. Jesse quickly dissipated.

Hurricane Johnathan

Category 5 hurricane

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Duration August 20September 3
Intensity 220 mph (350 km/h) (1-min) 858 mbar (hPa; 25.34 inHg)

A well defined wave moved off Africa. It quickly developed into Tropical Depression Thirty-seven. Nearly 1 hour later, it was upgraded to Hurricane Johanthan. Johnathan explosively strengthened to a Category 5 with a peak of 220 mph winds (350 km/h). Johnathan made landfall over Louisiana with those winds and dissipated over Maine.

Hurricane Kate

Category 3 hurricane

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Duration September 1September 9
Intensity 115 mph (185 km/h) (1-min) 962 mbar (hPa; 28.41 inHg)

Hurricane Kate formed from a strong depression in the Bay of Campeche. Rapidly intensifying, Kate reached peak intensity of 115 mph (185 km/h). Kate made landfall in South Mexico and dissipated over the high mountains.

Hurricane Linda

Category 3 hurricane

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Duration September 10September 20
Intensity 125 mph (205 km/h) (1-min) 960 mbar (hPa; 28.35 inHg)

Hurricane Linda formed as a depression leaving the Yucatan. It rapidly intensified in the Gulf, making landfall with peak winds of 125 mph (205 km/h). Linda dissipated over the high mountains of Texas.

Hurricane Mick

Category 1 hurricane

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Duration September 15September 29
Intensity 80 mph (130 km/h) (1-min) 980 mbar (hPa; 28.94 inHg)

Tropical Storm Mick formed from a depression over the Bahamas. It quickly became Tropical Storm Mick and gained an eye feature, and became a minimal hurricane on the 17th. Mick gradually weakened and became extratropical over Newfoundland.

Hurricane Nathan

Category 3 hurricane

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Duration September 20October 2
Intensity 125 mph (205 km/h) (1-min) 939 mbar (hPa; 27.73 inHg)

Hurricane Nathan formed from a depression that came from Central America. Traveling northeast, it reached a peak of 125 mph (205 km/h). Nathan became extratropical over the Atlantic.

Tropical Storm Oliver

Tropical storm

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Duration September 30October 11
Intensity 60 mph (95 km/h) (1-min) 987 mbar (hPa; 29.15 inHg)

Tropical Storm Oliver was found as a tropical depression near the Lesser Antilles. It reached a peak of 60 mph (95 km/h) and became extratropical soon after.

Hurricane Paloma

Category 5 hurricane

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Duration October 12October 22
Intensity 165 mph (270 km/h) (1-min) 920 mbar (hPa; 27.17 inHg)

The third to last storm, Hurricane Paloma, was found as a tropical storm. It rapidly strengthened to a peak of 165 mph (265 km/h) and made landfall in Cuba. It survived as a depression, made landfall near Pensacola, Florida and later dissipated over Savannah, Georgia.

Hurricane Rick

Category 5 hurricane

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Duration October 26 – November 5
Intensity 160 mph (260 km/h) (1-min) 910 mbar (hPa; 26.87 inHg)

Tropical Depression Forty-four formed from a tropical wave moving northwest. It was upgraded to Tropical Storm Rick the next day. Like it's predessors, it rapidly strengthened to become a hurricane. Rick continued to strengthen due to favorable conditions, and became a Category 5 hurricane at 45.1 W, second to only Hurricane Jake. Rick reached a peak of 160 mph (260 km/h). Rick weakened and met it's demise as it was becoming extratropical.

Hurricane Sarah

Category 4 hurricane

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Duration November 4 – November 15
Intensity 150 mph (240 km/h) (1-min) 923 mbar (hPa; 27.26 inHg)

The second to last storm of the season, Hurricane Sarah, developed from a tropical low that developed Tropical Depression Forty-five. Forty-five quickly developed into Tropical Storm Sarah. Sarah gained hurricane status passing north of the Virigin Islands. Sarah became the last major hurricane of the season, reaching peak winds of 150 mph (240 km/h). Sarah passed near Newfoundland and became extratropical near iceland.

Hurricane Tony

Category 5 hurricane

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Duration November 21 – November 30
Intensity 165 mph (270 km/h) (1-min) 910 mbar (hPa; 26.87 inHg)

 The last storm of the historically hyperactive season formed on November 21 in the Caribbean Islands. It steadily moved northeast from it's birthing spot. With still remaining warm waters, it intensified into Tropical Depression Forty-six. It survived the trek crossing between Haiti and Jamaica, and turned it's course west towards Florida. 240 miles from the Florida Keys, the depression became Tropical Storm Tony and only 11 hours later, a hurricane. It's new target Louisiana, which was devastated completely because of hurricanes, was unprepared for this storm's intensity. Tony jumped from 115 mph to 155 mph in 24 hours. Tony finally commenced it's landfall at Venice, Louisiana with winds of 165 mph. Tony quickly moved north, and dissipated inside the heart of Missouri. This storm's dissipation officially ended the 2012-13 season, summing up a whopping 46 named storms.

Storm names

The following names were used to name storms that formed in the north Atlantic in 2012. The names not retired from this list were used again in the 2018 season. Some of the names were used in previous seasons, such as Fabian was used in 2003.

  • Alex
  • Barry
  • Celia
  • Dennis
  • Eli
  • Fabian
  • Gillian
  • Harry
  • Isabella
  • Julian
  • Jake
  • Kim
  • Logan
  • Mary
  • Nick
  • Orlene
  • Peter
  • Ron
  • Stan
  • Tammy
  • Vick
  • Wilma
  • Fred
  • Linda
  • Zeta
  • Gert
  • Mick
  • Allen
  • Henry
  • Nathan
  • Bonnie
  • Ida
  • Oliver
  • Cindy
  • Jesse
  • Paloma
  • Rick
  • Sarah
  • Tony

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