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Hurricane Fred Breaks Record
Having formed at 22.9°W longitude, Hurricane Fred is the farthest eastward forming tropical hurricane in history, since records began in the mid 1800s. This map, using data from the IBTrACS database of historical hurricane tracks, plots North Atlantic hurricanes that formed east of 30°W longitude. Dotted lines indicate storm strength of tropical depression or tropical storm; lines are solid once the hurricane reaches Category 1 status. Only Vince (2005) formed further east than Fred, though Vince formed outside of the tropics.
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Courtesy of NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory