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Hurricane season: when does it start in the Atlantic and why?

ORLANDO, Florida – Every year, residents of the coastal areas of the United States and meteorologists are very nervous about the development of tropical storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean during the so-called season.

But when is Atlantic time, and how is that day determined?

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has determined that the storm period from June 1 to November 30 is due to 97% of the cyclonic activity in the Atlantic occurring during these months.

NHC climatology data, dating from 1944 to 2020, show that the peak formation of tropical storms in the Atlantic – including hurricanes – was in September over a 100-year period.

But, “Mother nature is not completely predictable and the data only shows the common, not the outlier,” said John Cangialosi, a specialist in the NHC.

The reason behind many of these atmospheric formations these months is due to favorable conditions for the development of tropical cyclones, such as warmer waters in the Atlantic.


For in the past “Noah was initiated” [la temporada] it ended in mid-June and mid-November, but in 1965 they decided to make the change of season exactly six months long and make it easier for people to remember,” explained Alexis Orengo, chief meteorologist of Telemundo 31.

NOAA explains on its website that these initial days were drawn because the Weather Bureau established a hurricane warning network in 1935 to connect several centers through a special telegraph line that ran from June 15 to November 15.


Although the conditions are more favorable in time, this does not mean that the storm cannot develop beyond the time set by the agent.

Orengo indicates that 3% of cyclones occur outside of these days.

For example, Hurricane Alex made landfall in the Portuguese Azores in January 2016, more than a month after the end of the season, and Tropical Storm Arlene developed about 750 nautical miles east of Bermuda in April 2017, more than two months before the start. next time

“The last time this happened was in 2020 with Hurricane Nicole, a period of 6 consecutive years with the formation of a cyclone in May,” Orengo explained.

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