Some may remember when Emily was named a tropical storm on this date in 2005. Little did we know, though, at that early juncture that Emily would become an infamous storm having made three landfalls from the Caribbean Islands to the Yucatan Peninsula to mainland Mexico.
2005 was a tremendously active hurricane that saw a multitude of records fall across the Atlantic Basin. Emily was already the fifth storm of the young season being named 6 years ago today and was upgraded to a hurricane July 13. Continuing to intensify, Emily, by July 16, became the strongest July hurricane on record to form in the Atlantic Basin when it reached Category 5 status with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph and a minimum central pressure of 929 millibars.
With any tropical storm or hurricane, an inverse relationship exists between air pressure and wind speed where the lower the air pressure in the center of the storm - or eye of the hurricane - the higher the winds are. Hurricane Emily was one of four Category 5 hurricanes on record during the 2005 season - along with Katrina, Rita and Wilma - which broke the record for most Category 5 storms in a singular season.
In contrast to 2005, we are up the letter 'D' now. Chantal formed earlier in the week. However, that's not to say the season cannot become more active on a moment's notice as we head toward the most active part of the hurricane season from mid-August to mid-October. Don't forget to download our 9 Hurricane Tracker. It's free ! http://www.tropical-storms.com/wusa/wusa.exe