ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Are you a weather enthusiast? Love watching the skies? See if you can correctly guess this WFXR Weather Trivia question!

Since 1851, how many tropical storms have developed in the Atlantic in December?

Historically, about 97% of the tropical activity in the Atlantic basin occurs between June 1st and November 30th. This is the case because the atmospheric and ocean conditions are the most favorable for tropical development during this period. However, tropical storms have formed in every month outside of hurricane season.

Since records began in 1851, only three percent of tropical activity in the Atlantic basin has occurred in December, January, February, Mach, April, and May. Although rare, the right combination of atmospheric conditions and warmer ocean waters can lead to tropical cyclone development, regardless of the date.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Hisotrical Hurricane Track database, 13 storms have developed during the month of December since 1851.

There have been several storms that developed in November and lingered into December. Two storms formed in late December and maintained their strength into January: Hurricane Alice (1954 – 1955) and Tropical Storm Zeta (2005 – 2006)

If there is the potential for a tropical depression or tropical storm to form between December and May, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says NHC will begin issuing Special Tropical Weather Outlooks to notify the public of that possibility.