The Gulf of Mexico is about to break its record for being hurricane-free.
By Saturday, July 30, weather watchers will say adios to the old record of 1,047 days, according to the Weather Channel’s Michael Lowey. That stretch was broken in 1932, on the Texas side of the Gulf.
The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season got off to a quick and early start, but the Gulf of Mexico has been relatively quiet. None of the tropical depressions and tropical storms of the past several years ever reached hurricane status, with winds of 74 mph or greater.
Hurricane Ingrid in September 2013 was the last time a hurricane developed or entered the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Another record: Hurricane Wilma in 2005 was the last major hurricane to hit the United States back in 2005. It is the longest such streak since 1900.
Still, NOAA still anticipates a normal season with 10 to 16 named storms.