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Hurricane Season is Here!

Hurricane Season is Here!

Hurricane season spans from June 1 through November 30, with increased activity beginning in mid-August and typically peaking on or around Sept. 10.

Last year’s hurricane season was relatively tame, particularly in light of a few especially nasty seasons in recent years. This year, we’re predicting an active season for tropical cyclones, with an unusually early hurricane threat for the Southeastern U.S. in mid-June. We expect the next major hurricane threat to move in during late August. This storm is likely to include the Gulf Coast, in addition to the Southeastern seaboard. Yet another threat is likely to materialize in early September, during or shortly after Labor Day weekend.

More interestingly, though, we’re calling for a tropical system to actually move in on Northeastern states right around the Autumn Equinox.

In all, we’re expecting a pretty active storm season, this year. If you live along the East Coast, hang on for quite a ride this summer, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calling for as many as 23 named storms!

The tradition of weather forecasters giving every tropical storm and hurricane a name began in 1953. Until 1979, those names were exclusively female. Now, we use six set lists that alternate between male and female names, listed alphabetically and in chronological order starting with A and omitting Q and U, X, Y, and Z. If more than 21 names are required during a season, NOAA dips into the Greek alphabet as it did a couple years ago. Every six years, the names cycle back around and get reused. If a hurricane does tremendous damage (i.e. Andrew, Camille, Katrina), the name is retired and replaced by a different name beginning with the same letter.

Here is the list for 2010:

Alex, Bonnie, Colin, Danielle, Earl, Fiona, Gaston, Hermine, Igor, Julia, Karl, Lisa, Matthew, Nicole, Otto, Paula, Richard, Shary, Tomas, Virginie, Walter.

4 comments

1 Ditouch { 08.10.11 at 8:49 am }

Bulldog, Skip may not live by the gulf but here in the midwest (Nebraska here) when there is a large storm in the gulf the rain and storms do travel north to us within a day or two. So your storms do impact us also.

2 Nicky { 06.25.10 at 3:47 am }

Once again the Farmer’s Almanac is correct! Here we are, June 25th and there is a disturbance just right out of the mouth of the Golf… I have to admit, after those horrendous storms in Lo I take everything more serius, Sure, for all of us who live in Tx, we know once is entered the golf, is red alert from Florida to Texas and Mexico cause there is just no way out, Good Luck to all of us living near the Golf, and God Bless us All.

3 Bulldog { 06.02.10 at 2:03 pm }

Hey Skip be real if you live in Chicago I don’t think the storm surge from a hurricane will hit there. I live along the Gulf Coast in Tx and if a hurricane does enter the gulf we are the ones in trouble

4 Skip { 06.02.10 at 8:58 am }

Does anyone know what ultimate effect a hurricane would have if it hits the Gulf? This BP debacle has me really worried. I live in Chicago, and have heard that the oil may somehow get up here if there were a hurricane.

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