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Atlantic Hurricane Season Reaches Its Peak Today

September 10, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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Today, 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, 88 hurricanes and tropical storms occurred on September 10. September 10 falls in the middle of the best time period for hurricanes to form. 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. This season has been more active than average with eight named storms, including the current ones, Tropical Storms Gabrielle and Humberto.

In the last 18 years, there have only been six occasions where a hurricane or tropical storm was not swirling in the Atlantic on September 10. Last year, Hurricane Leslie was in the Atlantic and the year before that, Hurricane Katia was trolling the oceans.

Humberto could be a hurricane by the time the day is over keeping the recent streak of hurricanes alive. For the latest on Humberto, click here.

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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