There have been no hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico for 1048 days, according to a weekend report by The Weather Channel.
“We’ve now actually broken a record,” meteorologist Ari Sarsalari said in a Saturday video report. “The longest stretch without a Gulf hurricane.”
The Gulf has been without hurricanes since September of 2013 when Hurricane Ingrid made landfall in northeastern Mexico. Lots of tropical storms have hit the Gulf Coast since 2013, but none have reached hurricane strength.
“You’ve got to go back a pretty long time to find a streak similar to that,” Sarsalari said. “You’ve got to go back to at least the late ‘80s, early ‘90s.”
“But before that you’ve got to go back really, really far, late ‘20s, early ‘30s,” he said. “Wow, that is a pretty long time.”
The Gulf of Mexico was also hurricane free from October 1929 to August 1932 — a 1047-day period. The Gulf experienced another lengthy period with no hurricanes from October 1989 to August 1992.
The lack of Gulf hurricanes also coincide with an 11-year hurricane drought. No major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher) have made landfall in the U.S. since hurricane Wilma in 2005.
Despite America’s lucky streak, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) still predicts a 70 percent chance of 10 to 16 named storms this hurricane season.
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