Tropical storm Barry makes Mexico landfall

The second installment of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season made its entrance in the form of tropical storm Barry, which touched down on Mexico’s Gulf Coast today, with winds averaging 40 mph.

Forecasters reduced Barry to a depression after it made landfall in Mexico. The depression is expected to dissolve by the end of the day Friday.

According to Weather Underground,  from 1870 to 2012 the average hurricane season has only seen one named storm every two years in June.  This June has already seen the formation of two named storms, making it a rather rare start to the 2013 hurricane season.

However, early tropical activity doesn’t ultimately predict an intense hurricane season. See “Tropical Storm Andrea and the 2013 Hurricane Season” for further information.