Danielle has become 2022’s first hurricane in the Atlantic Basin, but poses no land threat as it meanders in the North Atlantic the next several days.
Danielle was upgraded to a hurricane Friday just under 900 miles west of the Azores, or a little more than halfway between southeast Newfoundland and the Azores in the North Atlantic Ocean.
Fortunately, Danielle is only a hazard to shipping routes. It is no threat to land as it drifts the next few days, then begins a slow crawl toward the northeast.
This is only the seventh year in the satellite era (since 1966) that the season’s first hurricane has waited until September. The last year that happened was 2013.
In both 2013 and 2002, the season’s first hurricane didn’t arrive until Sept. 11, the longest wait for any season in the satellite era.
This snaps a string of four straight years in which the first hurricane arrived in July. In 2021, that happened exactly two months earlier than this year, when Elsa briefly became a Cat. 1 hurricane on July 2.
One year ago, Larry became the 2021 season’s fifth hurricane in early September.
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