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2018-19 Eastern Ocean Season
All of the tracks as of March 8th, 2019
Seasonal boundaries
First system formedJuly 16th, 2018 (record earliest)
Last system dissipatedMarch 12th
Strongest storm
 • Maximum winds335 km/h (205 mph)
 • Lowest pressure876 hPa (mbar)
Seasonal statistics
Tropical cyclones16 Depressions

15 Storms

8 Hurricanes
Total fatalities1,291
Total damage$250 billion (2018 USD)

The 2018-19 Eastern Ocean season was a hyperactive Eastern Ocean season, breaking many records. It held the earliest storm on record, hurricane Alexis, as well as the strongest storm on record, Hurricane Noel. It had 16 tropical depressions, 15 tropical storms, and 8 hurricanes.

Mid-Season Predictions

After realizing how active this season was, many weather centers decided to make new predictions.

Mid-Season Forecasts
Source Date Named


Hurricanes Major


GKWC November 25th, 2018 14-18 6-10 2-5
MWHA November 27th, 2018 19 12 6
FCC December 9th, 2018 18-21 13 8
NOAA December 25th, 2018 16-19 12 5
Actual activity January 9th, 2019 15 8 4



Category 1 hurricane
Alexis-0 Alexis
DurationJuly 16th – July 22nd
Peak intensity85 mph (140 km/h) (1-min)  990 mbar (hPa)
On July 13th, the FCC started to track an area of low pressure near the western parts of the Eastern Ocean. This low acquired some tropical characteristics, and on July 16th, the low developed into the first tropical depression of the season. The depression stayed at that intensity until July 17th, when it was upgraded to a tropical storm and assigned the name Alexis, the first name in the list. Alexis moved westward through the Western Gulf as it steadily intensified within an environment of high sea surface temperatures, low wind shear, and favorable upper-level divergence. On July 20th, Alexis made landfall as a Category 1, and quickly weakened from there as it accelerated northward. Two days later, Alexis degenerated into a remnant low.


Tropical depression
Two-0 Two
DurationSeptember 29th – October 3rd
Peak intensity35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1010 mbar (hPa)
Tropical Depression Two was an unusually long-lasting TD. Two would have been stronger if it was farther north; it was too close to the equator. However, Two did cause two deaths because of flooding.


Category 2 hurricane
Barry-3 Barry-2
DurationOctober 13th – October 25th
Peak intensity105 mph (165 km/h) (1-min)  970 mbar (hPa)
Barry was a storm that formed early on in the season. At first, TD Three was given little chance of intensifying due to high shear and cool SST's. However, Two found a pocket of low shear and warm waters, and was named "Barry". Barry continued to intensify, and eventually merged with a cold front. About 600 miles north of Barry, and strong winter storm had formed, causing the cold front to move southward. Barry continued to lose tropical characteristics as Barry transformed into a hybrid system. Barry made landfall as an extratropical hurricane, though many experts say it was still somewhat tropical; it still had a developed eye and eyewall. After landfall, Barry stalled over the mountains of Northern Finlandia, causing mudslides and flooding. In the northern and Eastern parts of Barry, snow fell in amounts of up to 6 inches during landfall.


Category 3 hurricane
Charon-0 Charon
DurationOctober 29th – November 8th
Peak intensity120 mph (195 km/h) (1-min)  955 mbar (hPa)
Charon was an intense category 3 major hurricane. On October 25th, the FCC started to track an area of low pressure. On October 29th, this low became "Tropical Storm Charon", and continued to intensify.


Tropical storm
Don-1 Don-0
DurationOctober 31st – November 3rd
Peak intensity50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  1005 mbar (hPa)


Tropical storm
Emily-0 Emily
DurationNovember 14th – November 17th
Peak intensity60 mph (95 km/h) (1-min)  1000 mbar (hPa)


Tropical storm
Fred-0 Frederick
DurationNovember 16th – November 21st
Peak intensity70 mph (110 km/h) (1-min)  987 mbar (hPa)


Category 5 hurricane
Gracie sim Finn Gracie
DurationNovember 23rd – December 6th
Peak intensity185 mph (295 km/h) (1-min)  905 mbar (hPa)

For more, look at Hurricane Gracie.



Tropical storm
Kek 4 Howard-0
DurationDecember 8th – December 13th
Peak intensity95 km/h (60 mph) (1-min)  1007 hPa (mbar)


Category 4 hurricane
Kek 3 IsabellaTrack
DurationDecember 10th – December 23rd
Peak intensity155 mph (250 km/h) (1-min)  921 mbar (hPa)


Subtropical storm
Kek 2 JahiTrack
DurationDecember 15th – December 17th
Peak intensity65 km/h (40 mph) (1-min)  1007 hPa (mbar)


Category 2 hurricane
Kek 1 KaylaTrack
DurationDecember 15th* – December 21st
Peak intensity105 mph (165 km/h) (1-min)  960 mbar (hPa)


Category 1 hurricane
Temporary cyclone north Lacey 2018-19 Eastern Ocean Finn
DurationDecember 20th – December 26th
Peak intensity80 mph (130 km/h) (1-min)  1005 mbar (hPa)


Tropical storm
Temporary cyclone north Marcus
DurationJanuary 2nd – January 9th
Peak intensity65 mph (100 km/h) (1-min)  998 mbar (hPa)


Category 5 hurricane
Temporary cyclone north Noeltrack
DurationJanuary 18th – January 24th
Peak intensity205 mph (335 km/h) (1-min)  876 mbar (hPa)


Subtropical storm
Temporary cyclone north Orlatrack
DurationJanuary 30th – February 3rd
Peak intensity50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  996 mbar (hPa)


Category 1 hurricane
Temporary cyclone north 
DurationMarch 4th – March 12th
Peak intensity90 mph (150 km/h) (1-min)  978 mbar (hPa)

Season Names

The list shown below is the naming list for the 2018-19 Eastern Ocean season. Names from this list that were assigned to particularly damaging and/or destructive storms will be retired and a new name will be chosen to replace them after the season has ended. Tropical depressions do not receive names; only storms of tropical storm intensity or higher are assigned a name from the list. Names in bold are retired names.

  • Alexis
  • Barry
  • Charon
  • Don
  • Emily
  • Frederick
  • Gracie
  • Howard
  • Isabella
  • Jahi
  • Kayla
  • Lacey
  • Marcus
  • Noel
  • Orla
  • Pattie
  • Rina (unused)
  • Sattie (unused)
  • Thomas (unused)
  • Vince (unused)
  • Winifred (unused)

The Greek alphabet will be used to name storms that reach tropical storm status or above after the naming list has been exhausted.


On March 16th, the FCC decided on the retirement of the following storms. Gracie, being replaced with Gianna for 2024-25, Isabella, being replaced with Ida for 2024-25, Noel, being replaced with Norman for 2024-25, and Pattie, being replaced with Patricia for 2024-25. The names Gracie, Isabella, Noel, and Pattie will never be used again for any season.

Eastern Ocean Scaling

The scale for Eastern Ocean cyclones*
Category Windspeed
Wave 10-25 Mph
Depression 26-40 Mph
Storm 41-75 Mph
C1 76-95 Mph
C2 96-110 Mph
C3 111-130 Mph
C4 131-160 Mph
C5 161+ Mph

*Note that seasons are measured using the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale as of now.

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