It might be early July but we're already dealing with the sixth named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.

If you think back, storms with the "F" name, the sixth storm of the season, tend to develop later in the year.

Storms like Fran, Floyd and Florence all developed in late August or September, much later in the hurricane season.

With today's formation of Tropical Storm Fay, we have seen the earliest development of the sixth named tropical system in the Atlantic Basin in recorded history.  Those records go back to the 1800s.

What You Need To Know

  • Tropical Storm Fay is the earliest sixth named storm to develop in the Atlantic in recorded history

  • The "F" named storm typically does not develop until August or later

  • Tropical activity will continue to increase from here on out as we inch closer to the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season

Fay now surpasses Hurricane Franklin as the earliest developing sixth named storm in the Atlantic. Franklin became a tropical storm on July 21, 2005.

This is just the latest record to be broken during this young hurricane season of 2020.

Tropical Storm Edouard, which formed on July 4th, became the earliest "E" named (fifth storm) to develop in the Atlantic Basin.  This storm took the record from Emily which became a tropical storm on July 11, 2005.

The third record of the season is the number of storms that developed before the official start of the hurricane season on June 1st.  This year two storms, Arthur and Bertha formed in the month of May. 

This is the sixth year in a row the Atlantic Basin has seen tropical systems develop before the start of the hurricane season, a new record.

You might have noticed that Edouard and Fay took records from storms that occurred in 2005.  That too was an active hurricane season. 

In 2005, the Atlantic Basin set an all time record for the number of storms that developed.  There were 28 named storms.  Of those, 15 became hurricanes and of those 7 became major hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or higher.

That's one of the 2005 records we do not want to break.

All indications are, that the hurricane season will continue remain active. Activity will continue to increase from here on out.

Stay tuned for the latest updates.