2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season Progress Report

September 10 has traditionally been the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season. Historically, more hurricanes existed in the Atlantic tropics by this day than any other day of the season.

An Expedition 28 crew member aboard the International Space Station captured this image of Hurricane Irene off the east coast of the United States on Friday, August 26, 2011, around 4:30 p.m. EDT - Credit: NASA Goddard Photo and Video via Flickr

Hurricane Irene in 2011 from space – Credit: NASA Goddard Photo and Video via Flickr

Since 1851, 88 hurricanes and tropical storms occurred by September 10 as this date 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.

Hurricane Richard in 2010 - Credit: northways via Flickr

Hurricane Richard in 2010 – Credit: northways via Flickr

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!

Hurricane Donna in 1960 - Credit: Florida Keys--Public Libraries

Hurricane Donna in 1960 – Credit: Florida Keys–Public Libraries

In an average Atlantic hurricane season, 6 named storms, including 3 hurricanes, form by September 10. This season has been more active than average with eight named storms, including the current one, Tropical Storm Gabrielle, but way below average with zero hurricanes by September 10. Tropical storm Humberto became a hurricane on September 11. For the latest on Gabrielle and Humberto, click here.

Tropical Storm Gabrielle track - Credit: WeatherBug Meteorologists

Tropical Storm Gabrielle track – Credit: WeatherBug Meteorologists

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.

Credit: n0nick via Flickr

Credit: n0nick via Flickr

However, hurricane season is not over yet as it continues through November 30th. Make sure you are prepared by having non-perishable food on hand and an emergency evacuation route planned out in advance of any storm. 

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