|Hurricane Humberto in the Open Atlantic Waters
An area of low pressure that was spawned by Hurricane Gabrielle began to show signs of tropical organization on September
18. The system became Tropical Depression Ten on September 21, about 425 miles south of Bermuda. The depression moved in a
northwest direction and gradually became better organized. It became Tropical Storm Humberto on September 22, about 215 miles
south of Bermuda. Under favorable conditions, Humberto thrived and strengthened quite rapidly, reaching hurricane strength
on September 23 as it turned to the north. The strengthening continued for a short while after this, making Humberto a 100
mph, Category 2 storm with a pressure of 983 mbar for a short time on September 24.
After reaching this first peak intensity, Humberto's strengthening came to an end as increasing wind shear began to weaken
the hurricane. The shear was not enough to weaken Humberto significantly, and the winds fell to just 80 mph as the storm turned
to the northeast. The storm was now in a more uniform flow with the shear, and it was allowed to strengthen once again. Humberto
reached it's second peak intensity on September 26, with winds of 105 mph and a pressure of 970 mbar. Humberto's eye was now
much more clear and apparent during this time.
The shear once again began to pound on the storm as it turned to the east and accelerated, weakening Humberto back to
a Category 1 storm just later on September 26. The weakening continued steadily, and it was downgraded to a tropical storm
on September 27, and dissipated on September 28. No damages or casualties were reported due to Humberto, having never made