The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season is the period in 2012 during which tropical cyclones will form in the Atlantic Ocean. The season officially started on June 1 and ended on November 30, dates which conventionally delimit the period of each year when most tropical systems form in the basin.


Subtropical Storm Alberto

Subtropical storm (SSHWS)
Lazlo 1979 
DurationJune 2 – June 6
Peak intensity65 mph (100 km/h) (1-min)  986 mbar (hPa)
Alberto formed from a hybrid low on June 2, just east of The Bahamas. It attained intensity and made landfall near Cape Canaveral FL on June 4 with winds around 60 MPH--which caused minor damage (such as downed trees and a storm surge of 2 to 4 feet which caused temporary road closures) up to $6 million USD alongside one death. Alberto then moved up the coast, bringing additional rainfall and gusty winds to North Florida and Georgia, before dissipating on June 6 over Central Georgia.

Hurricane Beryl

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Hurricane Michael 18 oct 2000 2045Z 
DurationJune 20 – June 24
Peak intensity80 mph (130 km/h) (1-min)  987 mbar (hPa)
In Mid-June, the NHC started to investigate a tropical disturbance near The Bahamas. In the next few days afterwards, the disturbance gradually organized and was declared Tropical Storm Beryl on June 20 just off the coast of North Carolina. It steadily strengthened into a peak of 80-MPH category one on June 22 a few hundred miles off the coast of Massachusetts. Beryl then struck Newfoundland with winds of around 75 MPH, causing significant surge damage that amounted up to $220 million USD alongside 4 deaths in Canada. One more death was reported when a man was swept out to sea by rip currents off of Virginia Beach VA, bringing the official death toll to 5.

Hurricane Chris

Category 5 hurricane (SSHWS)
Hurricane Lili 02 oct 2002 1645Z 
DurationJuly 11 – July 16
Peak intensity165 mph (270 km/h) (1-min)  908 mbar (hPa)
In Early to Mid July, a tropical disturbance was detected near Honduras in the SW Caribbean. It swiftly organized then was declared Tropical Depression Three on July 11, east of Belize. Due to unusually high SSTs, the depression rapidly strengthened into Hurricane Chris by July 12 offshore the Yucatan then peaked as a category five in the S Gulf Of Mexico on July 13. It then rapidly began to weaken into a category 1 hurricane by July 14 just prior to landfall near Grande Isle LA with winds of around 90 MPH and quickly fell apart as it moved inland from there. Moderate damage, mostly from a storm surge of 7 to 10 feet, amounted up to $99 million USD 2012 alongside 2 deaths in the U.S. In the Yucatan, significant flooding damage up to $325 million USD was reported along with one death. It was one of the very few hurricanes which at some point attained category five but didn't get its name retired: the other 3 were Edith, Ethel and Cleo. A total of 3 confirmed fatalities and damage totaling up to $424 USD was reported overall.

Tropical Storm Debby

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Hurricane Kiko 2001 
DurationJuly 24 – July 29
Peak intensity70 mph (110 km/h) (1-min)  991 mbar (hPa)
In Mid to Late July, a tropical disturbance started to show signs of major organization as it moved toward the Florida Straits. On July 24, RECON found closed circulation and strong enough winds to declare it Tropical Storm Debby in the SE Gulf Of Mexico, about 30 miles WSW of Key West FL. As it moved northwest, it gradually strengthened and peaked as a 70-MPH tropical storm on the afternoon of July 26 just it made its first landfall near Gulfport MS, just as it started to turn westward. On July 27, it weakened into a tropical depression as it made an unusual turn back to the SW off the coast of Louisiana. It strengthened back into a 45-MPH tropical storm before a final landfall the next morning north of Corpus Christi TX. Very slow movement, a westward turn after landfall along the coastline and a large circulation helped it dump incredibly high amounts of rainfall across much of the Gulf Coast region, peaking at 28.5 inches in Slidell LA. Severe to catastrophic, record flooding was reported across the Gulf Coast region from the western Florida Panhandle to Texas, with total damages amounting up to $9 billion USD alongside 47 deaths. Some homes were submerged completely underwater and record river flooding along the Misssissippi River, still healing from last year's floods, decimated many towns and cities near the mouth and southern parts of Mississippi and Louisiana. Due to the severe extent of the flooding damage, the name Debby was officially retired.

Tropical Storm Ernesto

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
STS Bolaven 29 july 2000 0225Z 
DurationAugust 3 – August 5
Peak intensity50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  1001 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Florence

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
Hurricane Alberto 19 aug 2000 1415Z 
DurationAugust 10 – August 16
Peak intensity140 mph (220 km/h) (1-min)  944 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Gordon

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
Krosa 05 oct 2001 0631Z 
DurationAugust 21 – August 30
Peak intensity110 mph (175 km/h) (1-min)  961 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Helene

Category 5 hurricane (SSHWS)
Joan 19 oct 1997 0452Z N14 
DurationSeptember 1 – September 8
Peak intensity190 mph (305 km/h) (1-min)  885 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Isaac

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Gustav 10 sept 2002 1540Z 
DurationSeptember 11 – September 15
Peak intensity90 mph (150 km/h) (1-min)  977 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Joyce

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
Hurricane Felix 13 sept 2001 1703Z 
DurationSeptember 14 – September 22
Peak intensity150 mph (240 km/h) (1-min)  922 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Kirk

Category 5 hurricane (SSHWS)
Typhoon Faxai (2001) 
DurationSeptember 20 – September 29
Peak intensity160 mph (260 km/h) (1-min)  917 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Leslie

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Hurricane Gabrielle 17 sept 2001 1801Z 
DurationOctober 5 – October 8
Peak intensity60 mph (95 km/h) (1-min)  997 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Michael

Category 5 hurricane (SSHWS)
Hurricane Carlotta 2000 
DurationOctober 5 – October 12
Peak intensity180 mph (285 km/h) (1-min)  894 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Nadine

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
Hurricane Keith 30 sept 2000 2227Z 
DurationOctober 12 – October 19
Peak intensity150 mph (240 km/h) (1-min)  914 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Oscar

Category 5 hurricane (SSHWS)
Hurricane Eugene 1999 peak 
DurationOctober 21 – October 30
Peak intensity160 mph (260 km/h) (1-min)  921 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Patty

Category 3 hurricane (SSHWS)
1991 Bangladesh Cyclone 29 apr 1991 0623Z 
DurationOctober 23 – October 31
Peak intensity125 mph (205 km/h) (1-min)  931 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Rafael

Category 5 hurricane (SSHWS)
Hurricane Emilia 19 july 1994 1656Z 
DurationOctober 30 – November 8
Peak intensity180 mph (285 km/h) (1-min)  891 mbar (hPa)

Subtropical Storm Sandy

Subtropical storm (SSHWS)
Hurricane Gordon 1994 nov 18 1308Z 
DurationNovember 2 – November 6
Peak intensity50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  992 mbar (hPa)

Subtropical Storm Tony

Subtropical storm (SSHWS)
Tropical Depression Two 25 july 1992 1249Z 
DurationNovember 4 – November 8
Peak intensity70 mph (110 km/h) (1-min)  979 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Valerie

Category 5 hurricane (SSHWS)
Super typhoon oliwa 
DurationNovember 10 – November 19
Peak intensity160 mph (260 km/h) (1-min)  925 mbar (hPa)