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The 2006 Atlantic Hurricane Season was the second most active season in recorded history, only surpassed by the year before it, 2005. This season boasted an impressive 23 named storms, with 14 hurricanes and 7 majors. It officially began on June 1, 2006, and ended on November 30, 2006. These dates historically describe the period each year when most tropical cyclones form in the Atlantic basin, but as illustrated by Tropical Storm Beta, storm activity can occur at any time of year. This season began with Hurricane Alberto on June 10, and ended with Tropical Storm Beta on December 7.

Timeline

Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale

Storms

Hurricane Alberto

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Hurricane Allison 04 jun 1995 1313Z Alberto 2006 MG
DurationJune 10 – June 14
Peak intensity85 mph (140 km/h) (1-min)  978 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Beryl

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Katrina 10-29-1999 1915Z Beryl 2006 MG
DurationJune 17 – June 19
Peak intensity50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  999 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Chris

Category 3 hurricane (SSHWS)
Hurricane Lili 01 oct 2002 1605Z Chris 2006 MG
DurationJune 29 – July 5
Peak intensity120 mph (195 km/h) (1-min)  959 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Debby

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Tropical Storm Erika 2009-09-02 1425Z Debby 2006 MG
DurationJuly 3 – July 8
Peak intensity60 mph (95 km/h) (1-min)  997 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Ernesto

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Tropical Storm Beryl (2000) Ernesto 2006 MG
DurationJuly 13 – July 17
Peak intensity50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  1001 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Florence

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
Lili go8 2002275 Florence 2006 MG
DurationJuly 27 – August 3
Peak intensity140 mph (220 km/h) (1-min)  944 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Gordon

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Frances 20 nov 1986 1818Z Gordon 2006 MG
DurationJuly 29 – August 4
Peak intensity90 mph (150 km/h) (1-min)  970 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Helene

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Tropical Storm Fran (1984) Helene 2006 MG
DurationAugust 5 – August 8
Peak intensity40 mph (65 km/h) (1-min)  1003 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Isaac

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Karen 26 sept 2007 1220Z Isaac 2006 MG
DurationAugust 9 – August 15
Peak intensity75 mph (120 km/h) (1-min)  991 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Joyce

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
KatLA Joyce 2006 MG
DurationAugust 11 – August 19
Peak intensity150 mph (240 km/h) (1-min)  919 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Kirk

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Matthew Florida Kirk 2006 MG
DurationAugust 17 – August 23
Peak intensity85 mph (140 km/h) (1-min)  981 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Leslie

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Hurricane Isaac 01 oct 2006 1435Z Leslie 2006 MG
DurationAugust 23 – August 28
Peak intensity80 mph (130 km/h) (1-min)  984 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Michael

Category 5 hurricane (SSHWS)
Gilbert 13 sept 1988 2117Z Michael 2006 MG
DurationAugust 30 – September 11
Peak intensity175 mph (280 km/h) (1-min)  892 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Nadine

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Bret 20 aug 1987 1755Z Nadine 2006 MG
DurationSeptember 2 – September 7
Peak intensity50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  1002 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Fifteen

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Cindy 7 sept 1987 1622Z Fifteen 2006 MG
DurationSeptember 6 – September 9
Peak intensity35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1006 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Oscar

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
TS Ernesto 31 aug 2006 aqua Oscar 2006 MG
DurationSeptember 10 – September 12
Peak intensity70 mph (110 km/h) (1-min)  992 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Patty

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
Patty near Cuba Patty 2006 MG
DurationSeptember 20 – September 26
Peak intensity150 mph (240 km/h) (1-min)  923 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Rafael

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Josephine 5 October 1990 Rafael 2006 MG
DurationSeptember 26 – October 7
Peak intensity80 mph (130 km/h) (1-min)  983 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Nineteen

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Danielle 25 sept 1992 1916Z Nineteen 2006 MG
DurationSeptember 26 – September 28
Peak intensity30 mph (45 km/h) (1-min)  1009 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Sandy

Category 3 hurricane (SSHWS)
Hurricane Irene (1981) Sandy 2006 MG
DurationSeptember 30 – October 8
Peak intensity125 mph (205 km/h) (1-min)  949 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Tony

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
Hurricane Tomas 2010-10-30 1429Z Tony 2006 MG
DurationOctober 5 – October 10
Peak intensity100 mph (155 km/h) (1-min)  971 mbar (hPa)

Subtropical Storm Valerie

Subtropical storm (SSHWS)
Ana 3 July 1991 Valerie 2006 MG
DurationOctober 13 – October 16
Peak intensity50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  997 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Twenty Three

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Tropical Storm Bret-1993 Twenty Three 2006 MG
DurationOctober 14 – October 16
Peak intensity35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1007 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane William

Category 5 hurricane (SSHWS)
Gustav at Cuba William 2006 Track MG
DurationOctober 20 – October 28
Peak intensity165 mph (270 km/h) (1-min)  925 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Alpha

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Claudette 2015-07-13 1800Z (cropped) Alpha 2006 MG
DurationNovember 16 – November 20
Peak intensity60 mph (95 km/h) (1-min)  995 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Beta

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
SS 2000 Cropped Beta 2006 MG
DurationDecember 2 – December 7
Peak intensity70 mph (110 km/h) (1-min)  985 mbar (hPa)

Storm Names

The following names were used for storm names in the North Atlantic in 2006. This is the same list used in the 2000 season except for Kirk, which replaced Keith. The names that were not retired from this list were re-used in the 2012 season. The names Kirk, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sandy, Tony, Valerie, and William were used for the first time this year.

The World Meteorological Organization determined at its annual meeting in the spring of 2006 to again use names from the Greek alphabet, starting with Alpha, if the main list should become exhausted.

  • Alberto
  • Beryl
  • Chris
  • Debby
  • Ernesto
  • Florence
  • Gordon
  • Helene
  • Isaac
  • Joyce
  • Kirk
  • Leslie
  • Michael
  • Nadine
  • Oscar
  • Patty
  • Rafael
  • Sandy
  • Tony
  • Valerie
  • William
  • Alpha
  • Beta
  • Gamma (unused)
  • Delta (unused)
  • Epsilon (unused)
  • Zeta (unused)

Retirement

In the spring of 2007, the WMO retired the following names: Chris, Joyce, Michael, Patty, and William, and they will never be used for another atlantic hurricane. This tied the previous record season with the most names retired. The aforementioned names will be replaced with these names: Chad, Jill, Miguel, Piper, and Wendall, for use in the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Name List For 2012

  • Alberto
  • Beryl
  • Chad
  • Debby
  • Ernesto
  • Florence
  • Gordon
  • Helene
  • Isaac
  • Jill
  • Kirk
  • Leslie
  • Miguel
  • Nadine
  • Oscar
  • Piper
  • Rafael
  • Sandy
  • Tony
  • Valerie
  • Wendall