Hurricane Alberto
Category 2 hurricane
Formed August 9
Dissipated August 18
Highest winds 105 mph
(1-min sustained)
Lowest pressure 967mb
Damages $0 (2018 USD)
Fatalities 0
Areas affected Bahamas, Bermuda
Part of the
2018 Atlantic hurricane season

Hurricane Alberto was the first tropical cyclone, first hurricane and the strongest storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. Alberto formed on August 9 while it reached Category 2 status on August 16. Alberto continued north before encountering wind shear, which led to its dissipation.

Meteorological history

The origins of Hurricane Alberto go back to August 1 when a low-pressure area developed over the Colorado Rockies. This storm moved over the Atlantic on August 8 before attaining subtropical characteristics the next day. As cloud tops grew colder, it was later designated as a tropical system. The next day, it was named Alberto by the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Alberto continued to strengthen and became a Category 1 hurricane on August 12. Afterwards, the system absorbed an extratropical cyclone. After Alberto absorbed another cyclone, this system attained an eye which was 50 miles wide. On August 16, a Hurricane Hunter aircraft reported winds of 100 mph, which prompted the NHC to upgrade Alberto to a Category 2 hurricane. At 2100 UTC on August 16, Alberto attained its peak intensity of 105 mph with a central pressure of 967mb. Alberto began to weaken rapidly due to entering an area of strong wind shear. Alberto weakened from a 105 mph Category 2 hurricane to a 40 mph tropical storm. It eventually dissipated on August 18.<br On August 20, the NHC noted a 30% possibility of Alberto's remnants becoming a tropical cyclone again. But the system completely dissipated on August 21.