Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins
June 1st marks the beginning of hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean basin; the season began a few weeks ago in the Pacific basin. The numbers below are valid for the Atlantic basin and are averaged over the period from 1966 to 2009.
During the month of June, typically the most favorable areas for tropical development are in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.
Hurricane strikes between 1900-2010 by county are shown below. Keep in mind, the last major hurricane (Cat. 3 or higher) to make a direct landfall in the U.S. was Hurricane Wilma in 2005. Just because it has been so long since a direct landfall, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the chances are lower, but it is an interesting statistic.
Despite taking several direct hits, the Alabama Gulf Coast does not rank in the top of highest Gulf Coast storm surges; Hurricanes Katrina and Camille top that infamous list.
Hurricane season in the Atlantic officially ends November 30th. Click here to read more on Hurricane climatology from the National Hurricane Center.
Meteorologist Jake Reed