When is Hurricane Season
Learn when Hurricane Season begins and Weather PatternsSo when is hurricane season? Find out which are the prime months have the right weather conditions for hurricane season to start and when to be prepared.
First keep in mind that hurricanes happen outside of the official start of hurricane weather season. Just because the date is outside of the official dates, doesn't mean it's impossible for a storm to form...just very very unlikely. Remember that the weather is very unpredictable at times.
The official dates from the weather service for the start of hurricane season are from June 1st - November 30th. The season is at its highest peak in mid September. During mid September is historically when most of the tropical cyclones have formed.
Waters in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico are very warm and the weather conditions are usually very good for tropical cyclones to form this time of year. From August to October, me and probably tons of other people (especially weather enthusiasts and people who live in hurricane prone areas) are always keeping an eye out on the tropics. A storm can form quickly and it can be quite a ride tracking a storm coming off the coast of Africa, all the way to the east coast of the United States. I'm usually on many weather sites and weather forums during this time!
People also brush up on their hurricane evacuation and weather safety plans which is always a good idea. From August to October, these weather stats are true:
- 78% of the tropical storm days
- 87% of the minor hurricane days
- 96% of the major hurricane days
I can remember a major hurricane in each of these months, so people along the coasts are pretty much always on the lookout until late November.
When is hurricane season around the rest of the world? When does the season begin and end?
Tropical cyclones occur in the East Pacific basin and the west at the same time the Atlantic season is going on. In fact in the west part of the Pacific (around Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, etc), hurricanes can happen pretty much all year round with a peak in late August and early September. In the east, the official start for it's season is from May 15th to November 30th. In the southwest, storms usually happen from October - May with a peak in late February and early March.
In the North part of the Indian Basin, storms here usually occur from April - December with a peak in May and November. In the south and east, with peak activity from mid January to March.
It would also be a good idea to brush up on Hurricane Safety and also learn about the different Hurricane Categories as well. They are one of weather's most fierce storms so it's good to learn a good deal about them.
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