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2013 Hurricane Season Update

2013 Hurricane Season Update

Hurricane season has been underway since June 1st, and reaches its traditional peak this month. Tropical storm activity tends to increase beginning in mid-August, typically peaking on or around September 10th. The season ends each year on November 30th.

This year, the Farmers’ Almanac predicted an active tropical storm season. We warned that an early threat could materialize during the first week of June over the Gulf of Mexico, and of a few potential threats in mid-to-late August. Another hurricane threat was predicted along the East Coast during the first week of September. Finally, we said a very late-season tropical cyclone may adversely influence the weather around Florida and the Bahamas during mid-November.

So far this year, there have only been six named Atlantic storms, none of which have turned into full-blown hurricanes. There were two tropical storms — Andrea and Barry — in the Caribbean in early June, around the time of our predicted storm, as well as a few storms in August, also near the time of our predictions. Fortunately, none of these storms materialized into a major threat here in the U.S.

Overall, the first half of hurricane season has been relatively tame. Here’s hoping the rest of the season follows suit!

Naming Storms
Since 1953, weather forecasters have had a tradition of naming every tropical storm and hurricane. Each year, forecasters use one of 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. 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 with a different name beginning with the same letter.

The list for this year is: Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Ingrid, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van, and Wendy.

7 comments

1 Gepe { 09.05.13 at 4:08 am }

I don’t live where hurricanes are an issue,but I would like to know what this Winter is going to be like.I have read on another site that this Winter will be VERY cold……will this be true?

2 BeamMeUp { 09.04.13 at 6:45 pm }

So much for the Category 6 hurricanes predicted by Al Gore (he said hurricanes would get so strong we would need a new category).

3 Jaime McLeod { 09.04.13 at 4:29 pm }

Charolette – The names are set from a rotating list. They were chosen many years ago. h

4 charolette { 09.04.13 at 1:19 pm }

how can i get a storm named after me? i know there has been a charlotte but never CharOlette!

5 Michael Amato { 09.04.13 at 1:13 pm }

Loads of dust has been coming off the west coast of Africa inhibiting any low coming from Africa to develop into something tropical. I believe this will continue well into the latter part of September. Next, wind sheer in the Gulf & Carribean continue to block development of storms there. Finally a trough has set up along the east coast which will guide any storm out to sea.

6 cletus ogden { 09.04.13 at 11:02 am }

No matter how much education and how hard we try to figure out and predict the weather, mother nature does what and when she wants.

7 john frenger { 09.04.13 at 10:11 am }

told what was past but i don’t see predictions for sept and oct

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