(CMR) Tropical Storm Bret formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Monday and could become a threat to the Lesser Antilles, possibly as Hurricane Bret, later this week due to record warm June water in the Atlantic Ocean.
On Monday, Tropical Depression Three strengthened enough to become Tropical Storm Bret, the second named storm of the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season, reaching winds of 40 mph. A tropical storm is a tropical cyclone that has maximum sustained winds between 39 and 73 mph.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has been closely monitoring this system, which entered the Atlantic Ocean last week.
The NHC is also monitoring a second system for development, another cluster of showers located farther to the east over the eastern Atlantic, south of the Cabo Verde Islands.
This second system, now tagged Invest 93L, may also become a tropical depression or perhaps a tropical storm as it continues moving westward.
According to the Weather Channel, only about 6% of all storms form in June because of all of the hostile factors we discussed earlier. Of the June storms that do form, the overwhelming majority form in the Gulf of Mexico or just off the East Coast.
Only three of 79 June storms since the 19th century have formed east of the Lesser Antilles, according to NOAA's database. Furthermore, there is no record of two storms active at once in June east of the Antilles. So, if we have both Tropical Storm Bret and Tropical Storm Cindy, that would be unprecedented for that part of the Atlantic Basin in June.