Atlantic Hurricane Season Reaching Its Peak
UPDATED September 9, 2014
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologists, Chad Merrill and James West
Did you know, September 10 is the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season. Statistically, more hurricanes existed in the Atlantic tropics today than any other day of the season.
Since 1851, more than 90 hurricanes and tropical storms have occurred on September 10. September 10 falls in the middle of the best time period for hurricane formation. After this date, the Atlantic water begins to slowly cool off and upper-level winds become a bit more hostile. By early October, tropical waves are less likely to develop off the African coast.
Although the Atlantic is most primed for tropical development during this part of the season, it doesn`t necessarily mean September 10 is when hurricanes are most likely to strike land. Category 4 Hurricane Donna was an exception, as it struck the Florida Keys on September 10, 1960, killing 12 people and causing more than $2 billion damage.
In an average Atlantic hurricane season through September 10, six named storms have formed, including three hurricanes. The 2014 season has been a mixed bag compared to the long-term averages. Only four named storms have formed so far, but three of those systems have become hurricane, keeping pace with the average.
It is never too early to prepare for the hurricane season by having non-perishable food on hand and an emergency evacuation route planned out in advance of any storm. The season continues through November 30.
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Story Image: Hurricane Humberto was in the eastern Atlantic on September 10, 2013. No named systems are active in 2014 on the season`s peak. (NASA file photo)
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