On This Day in Cruise History: Five years ago today, on June 17, 2012 a low pressure area cut off from a stationary frontal boundary near Bermuda. Due to warm seas and light wind shear, the system became Subtropical Storm Chris at 18:00 UTC on June 18. After deep convection became persistent, the National Hurricane Center reclassified it as Tropical Storm Chris on June 19.
Despite being over ocean temperatures of 72 °F (22 °C), it strengthened into a hurricane on June 21. Later that day, Chris peaked with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (140 km/h) and a minimum barometric pressure of 974 mbar (28.8 inHg). After encountering colder waters, it weakened back to a tropical storm on June 22.
See the video below and more hurricane history tracks on Cruise Ship Weather.
Video: Hurricane Chris (2012)