Season forecasts

The DWC released their forecasts for the season on December 28th, 8728, in preparation for the new year. They forecasted 12 named systems, 5 hurricanes, and a major hurricane to form during this season.


Names for the storms were provided by the DWC, but the NHC also specialized in monitoring storms within this basin, and their designations are in the brackets.

Hurricane Amy (01GB)

Category 1 hurricane (UKMET)
8729 gb1 
DurationFebruary 7 – February 12
Peak intensity75 mph (120 km/h) (1-min)  989 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Bonnie (03GB)

Category 5 hurricane (UKMET)
8729 gb2 
DurationApril 17 – April 27
Peak intensity180 mph (285 km/h) (1-min)  909 mbar (hPa)

Subtropical Storm Caboto (05GB)

Subtropical Storm (UKMET)
8729 gb3 
DurationOctober 19 – October 22
Peak intensity50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  997 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Doris (06GB)

Category 3 hurricane (UKMET)
8729 04gb 
DurationNovember 7 – November 17
Peak intensity115 mph (185 km/h) (1-min)  935 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Emily (07GB)

Category 1 hurricane (UKMET)
DurationDecember 19 – December 24
Peak intensity80 mph (130 km/h) (1-min)  984 mbar (hPa)

Other storms

This section states tropical and subtropical cyclones not mentioned as being significant during the season by the DWC, but were still monitored by NHC:

NHC Tropical Storm 02GB

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north 
DurationJune 29 – July 1
Peak intensity50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  1002 mbar (hPa)

On June 27th, an area of disturbed weather formed near to the Azores Islands. The NHC gave it a MEDIUM chance of tropical cyclogenesis occurring within the next48 hours. Over the next few days, the systems low level circulation consolidated, and a tropical depression was reported to have formed within the English Channel at 0500 UTC on June 29th. Over the next few hours, the system managed to attain tropical storm status, and on the evening of the following day made landfall near Worthing, England. The storm was last noted by the NHC early on July 1st, when the system degenerated to a remnant low pressure area over Southampton, England.

Tropical Depression 04GB

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north 
DurationOctober 14 – October 19
Peak intensity35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1004 mbar (hPa)

On October 13th, a low pressure area developed in the North Sea. Over the next day or so, it rapidly consolidated, and the NHC reported that tropical depression 04GB had developed in the North Sea. The system was given a medium chance of tropical development by the DWC, but the alert was cancelled earlier the next day as the systems low level circulation began to weaken due to strong shear from the north. By the 19th, the NHC had issued its final advisory on the system, stating that it had become extratropical. The remains of 04GB intensified rapidly whilst approaching the Grimsby area, and hit with sustained winds reaching 65 mph,, and gusts of 90 mph. Damage by the storm reached several millions of pounds, with the area being declared a disaster area by local authorities, meaning local residents could apply for aid if needed.

Tropical Storm 08GB

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north 
DurationDecember 22 – December 25
Peak intensity40 mph (65 km/h) (1-min)  1001 mbar (hPa)
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