Are you asking yourself, “Where are the hurricanes?” Because the tropics have been so quiet recently, I have had many viewers writing in and asking me this question. So far, this hurricane season has been relatively inactive. But we have to keep in mind that the Atlantic hurricane season for the Atlantic basin runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. The Atlantic basin includes the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico. Believe it or not, we haven’t even entered the peak of hurricane season! The majority of tropical storms and hurricanes form between mid-August and late October… that is just around the corner!
For a recap, NOAA has forecast an active 2013 hurricane season. The going forecast calls for 13-20 named storms, 7-11 of which are expected to become hurricanes, including 3-6 major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale).
Though the forecast calls for an active season, the tropics remain quiet this week, but bear in mind that it is only Aug. 5 so we haven’t even reached peak hurricane season yet. It will only take one storm to make landfall in the Gulf or Atlantic Seaboard to cause major flooding and devastation due to the wet and rainy summer we have had thus far.
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