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Atlantic hurricane season
- Created 2012-03-13
is the period in a year when
usually form in the
. Tropical cyclones in the North Atlantic are called hurricanes, tropical storms, or tropical depressions. In addition, there have been several storms over the years that have not been fully tropical which are categorised as subtropical depressions and subtropical storms.
Worldwide, tropical cyclone activity peaks in late summer, when the difference between temperatures aloft and sea surface temperatures is the greatest. However, each particular basin has its own seasonal patterns. On a worldwide scale, May is the least active month, while September is the most active. In the Northern
, a distinct hurricane season occurs from June 1 to November 30, sharply peaking from late August through September; the season's
peak of activity occurs around September 10 each season.
Tropical disturbances that reach tropical storm intensity are named from a
. On average, 10.1 named storms occur each season, with an average of 5.9 becoming hurricanes and 2.5 becoming major hurricanes (
or greater). The most active season was
, during which 28 tropical cyclones formed, of which a record 15 became hurricanes. The least active season was the
, with only one known tropical cyclone developing during that year.
The Atlantic hurricane season is a time when most
s are expected to
across the northern
. It is currently defined as the time frame from June 1 through November 30, though in the past the season was defined as a shorter time frame. During the season, regular tropical weather outlooks are issued by the
National Hurricane Center
, and coordination between the
Hydrometeorological Prediction Center
and National Hurricane Center occurs for systems which have not formed yet, but could develop during the next three to seven days.
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