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June 2008 Atlantic Monthly Summary
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ABNT30 KNHC 011232
TWSAT 
MONTHLY TROPICAL WEATHER SUMMARY
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
800 AM EDT TUE JUL 1 2008
 
FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC...CARIBBEAN SEA AND THE GULF OF MEXICO...
 
ONE TROPICAL STORM...ARTHUR...FORMED DURING LATE MAY AND LASTED INTO
VERY EARLY JUNE.  ON AVERAGE...A TROPICAL STORM OCCURS IN THE
ATLANTIC BASIN DURING JUNE ABOUT EVERY OTHER YEAR.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF ARTHUR APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN THE RESULT OF A
COMBINATION OF THE LOW- TO MID-LEVEL REMNANTS OF EASTERN PACIFIC
TROPICAL STORM ALMA...AND A WESTWARD-MOVING TROPICAL WAVE OVER THE
CARIBBEAN SEA.  ARTHUR FORMED ON 31 MAY WHILE CENTERED ABOUT 45
MILES NORTH-NORTHWEST OF BELIZE CITY...AS A TROPICAL STORM WITH
MAXIMUM WINDS OF ABOUT 40 MPH...WHICH WOULD BE ITS PEAK INTENSITY. 
THE CENTER OF THE CYCLONE MOVED SLOWLY TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST
AND INLAND OVER THE YUCATAN PENINSULA OF MEXICO...BUT WINDS OF
TROPICAL STORM FORCE CONTINUED OVER PORTIONS OF THE NORTHWESTERN
CARIBBEAN SEA UNTIL EARLY ON 1 JUNE WHEN THE SYSTEM BECAME A
TROPICAL DEPRESSION.  THE DEPRESSION THEN TURNED TOWARD THE WEST
AND EVENTUALLY WEST-SOUTHWEST...DISSIPATING NEAR THE NORTHERN
BORDER BETWEEN GUATEMALA AND MEXICO BY VERY EARLY THE NEXT DAY.

EXTREMELY HEAVY RAINFALL...WITH STORM TOTALS OF UP TO 15
INCHES...CAUSED DEVASTATING FLOODS IN BELIZE.  FIVE DEATHS ARE
DIRECTLY ATTRIBUTABLE TO ARTHUR IN THAT COUNTRY.  THE BELIZE
NATIONAL EMERGENCY ORGANIZATION ESTIMATES THAT TOTAL DAMAGES WERE
ABOUT 78 MILLION U.S. DOLLARS.

SUMMARY TABLE

NAME         DATES             MAX WIND (MPH)         DEATHS
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TS ARTHUR    31 MAY - 2 JUN    40                     5
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NOTE...DATES BASED ON COORDINATED UNIVERSAL TIME (UTC)
 
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FORECASTER BLAKE/KNABB