Dolly becomes 2nd earliest D-named storm in Atlantic
The difference between the visibility in Yauco, Puerto Rico, was night and day from this past May to June 22, as Saharan dust obscured visibility.
Less than 24 hours after becoming a tropical storm, Dolly lost its tropical characteristics in the northern Atlantic Ocean. The storm, however, is still one of the record books.
Subtropical Depression Four strengthened into Tropical Storm Dolly well off the northeastern United States coast on Tuesday and remained a tropical storm through Tuesday night.
Not only did Dolly become a rare June D-named storm, only the third in recorded history, but it also will go down in the history books as the second-earliest fourth-named storm in the basin.
Former Tropical Depression Dolly spins off of the coast, southeast of Atlantic Canada Wednesday morning, June 24th. (RAMMIB/CIRA/GOES-E)
The storm's maximum sustained winds strengthened to 45 mph Tuesday, while it churned offshore of the East Coast, about 370 miles south of Nova Scotia, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
Dolly's lifespan was extremely short. At midday Wednesday EDT, Dolly lost its tropical characteristics over the colder water of the northern Atlantic Ocean.
Dolly, as a non-tropical system, will remain well southeast of Nova Scotia through Wednesday then skirt just southeast of Newfoundland on Thursday as a post-tropical system.
Even though it will remain out to sea over its lifetime, it could stir rough seas and cause disruptions in the path of shipping interests.
It is extremely rare to have four named tropical storms by the end of June. According to records from the NHC, the month of June has only produced two other D-named storms: Tropical Storm Debby in 2012 and Tropical Storm Danielle in 2016.
Debby formed over the south-central Gulf of Mexico before slamming into the Big Bend area of Florida on June 26, 2012. The system weakened soon after moving inland, but it produced a considerable amount of flooding across northern and central portions of the state. Danielle formed in a similar area and was a short-lived tropical storm that developed over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. The weak tropical storm made landfall near Tamiahua in eastern Mexico on June 20, 2016.
According to AccuWeather Senior Weather Editor and Meteorologist Jesse Ferrell, there have been 69 D-named storms in the Atlantic since storms were officially named starting in 1950. The most common of those names are Dolly at eight times and the aforementioned Debby and Danielle at seven times apiece.
Danielle's formation on June 20, 2016, just prior to landfall still holds the record for the earliest formation of the fourth tropical storm of the season.
So far, eight D-named storms have been retired, including Hurricane Diane in 1955 and Hurricane Dean in 2007. Hurricane Dorian from 2019 is expected to be retired sometime this year. Ferrell said all of the retired D-named storms formed in August, with the exception of Dennis, which formed the earliest on July 4, 2005.
The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season experienced its earliest third-named storm on record when Cristobal formed near the coast of southeastern Mexico on June 2.
The remainder of the Atlantic Ocean is quiet due to an "abnormally" large dust cloud spanning most of the basin and the presence of strong wind shear, or increasing winds with altitude.
Additional reporting by Meteorologist Maura Kelly, Staff Writer Mark Puleo and Weather Editor Jesse Ferrell.
Keep checking back on AccuWeather.com and stay tuned to the AccuWeather Network on DirecTV, Frontier and Verizon Fios.Report a Typo
Tropical Storm Beta to spend days pounding Gulf Coast
The newly-formed tropical storm became the latest storm to enter its name into the record books, and forecasters warn the storm may not be done strengthening.
Death toll rises in aftermath of powerful Hurricane Sally
Boats of all sizes littered neighborhoods in Florida after Sally's deadly blow. And as the storm moved inland and weakened, it caused another two fatalities, officials said.
AccuWeather meteorologists increase forecast for record-breaking 2020 hurricane season
Eight tropical systems have already made landfall in the U.S. The slate of names is now exhausted. And AccuWeather forecasters say much more activity is on the way.
Oregon fire survivors capture 'unimaginable' damage on video
After thousands in the area were forced to evacuate from a fire that ripped through the town of Talent, Oregon, lives of the residents were "put on pause" from the devastation that cost many their homes.
8 must haves for your car's emergency supply kit
You never know when an emergency will happen, but you can plan for one ahead of time. Here are eight must-haves for your car's emergency supply kit.
AccuWeather School: What would the beach look like without humans?
Picture your last vacation to the beach. Were there homes, resorts or a boardwalk lining the ocean? That is the case at many beaches, but let’s visit one beach where nature has taken back over.