Atlantic Hurricane Season 2017: What You Should Know

 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season

June 1 to November 30 is the duration of the Atlantic Hurricane season. The North Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea are the regions that fall under observation during this time period.

What Is A Hurricane?

The definition of a hurricane by the National Weather Service is an intense tropical weather system that has, “well-defined circulation and sustained winds of 74 mph or higher.” There is a scale used to measure the intensity of a hurricane. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Chart uses a 1 to 5 scale with storms measuring Category 3 or higher classified as a major hurricane.

The Difference Between A Hurricane Watch and A Hurricane Warning

According to the National Hurricane Center a hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions can develop in a region within 48 hours. A hurricane warning is issued when sustained winds of no less than 74 mph are expected to hit an area within 36 hours.

2017 Storm Activity

Between April and September 2017 there have been a total of eleven named storms. The season started early with Tropical Storm Arlene on April 20. Tropical Storm Bret formed June 19 followed the following day by Tropical Storm Cindy.  Cindy was the first storm of the season to reach land (south of Lake Charles, Louisiana).

July 17 saw Tropical Storm Don and on July 31 Tropical Storm Emily formed and reached Anna Marie Island in Florida. Tropical Storm Franklin formed August 6 and made landfall in Mexico the following day. It became a Category 1 hurricane August 9, reaching Veracruz, Mexico but weakened.

The rest of August produced the most active storms of the season with Gert forming August 13 and building to become the second hurricane of the year. Harvey formed August 17 and became a Category 4 hurricane, causing much destruction, flooding and death in Texas over a two week period.

Irma formed August 30 and eventually became a Category 5 hurricane on a path to the northeastern Caribbean Islands. Jose formed September 5 east of the Lesser Antilles. He became the fifth hurricane of the season the following day. Katia formed September 6 in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico and became a hurricane the same day. The balance of the names already chosen for the 2017 season include Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Rina, Sean, Tammy, Vince and Whitney.

Take Us With You

For accurate information on storm activity in your neck of the woods, rely on WeatherBug. Spark gives you lightning information and you can also receive severe weather alerts or follow storm activity with our hurricane tracker.

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