The formation of the fourth tropical storm of any Atlantic Hurricane season has never occurred in June -- that was until Tropical Storm Debby took shape.
Debby developed at 5 p.m. EDT Saturday about 220 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River.
While there is more concern about which part of the Gulf Coast Debby will eventually threaten, the formation of Debby means another broken tropical weather record in less than a week.
"Zombie" Chris started the record-breaking week by becoming the earliest storm to be named north of a latitude parallel to the border of Virginia and North Carolina Tuesday afternoon.
Never before since record-keeping began in 1851 has the fourth tropical storm of any Atlantic Hurricane season been detected before July, a feat Debby achieved this year with a week to spare.
The above typical hurricane frequency chart is definitely not being followed this year.
Dennis came close to breaking that record in 2005, reaching tropical storm status in the eastern Caribbean on July 5.
Forming on July 7, Cindy in 1959 holds the distinction of being the second earliest fourth tropical storm in an Atlantic season. Cindy was not given a "D" name due to it being preceded by an unnamed hurricane.
It should be noted that before weather satellites--the first launched in 1960--became an important observation tool to meteorologists, some tropical storms may have gone undetected.
With an inevitable path toward a part of the Gulf Coast, the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center hopes that the system set to become Debby only breaks a record in regards to its early formation and not loss of lives or destruction.
Travel hazards, delays and disruptions associated with rain, ice and snow will continue over the Central states through the balance of the Thanksgiving weekend.
The current reprieve from heavy rain across southern India will not last long with the threat for flooding downpours set to return for the final days of November.
Sandra has weakened to a tropical storm but remains on track to make landfall in western Mexico with flooding rainfall on Saturday.
Heavy thunderstorms will continue to shift northward across central South America with the greatest threat for flooding focusing on northeastern Argentina and eastern Paraguay into Saturday morning.
Several days of heavy rain will bring the potential for significant flooding from the southern Plains to the middle Mississippi Valley into early next week.
Snow and ice storms have taken aim at the Central U.S. this week, while record-setting Sandra strengthened into a major hurricane south of Mexico.
New England (1921)
Heavy ice storm in New England with a buildup of over 3 inches. Power lines downed, trees destroyed. Damage totalled $10 million damage.
Lake Superior (1960)
A severe lake storm along the north shore of Lake Superior: waves 20-40 feet high, wind gust to 73 mph. Floods and waves caused structural damage.
Goodland, KS (1983)
19 inches of snow on the ground with drifts of up to 8 feet.