Hurricane FAQ

Frequently asked questions about hurricanes and tropical storms.

  • When is Hurricane season? In the Atlantic, June 1 through November 30th. In the Pacific May 15th through November 30th.
  • When are storms most likely to occur? Generally in the months of August, September and October, however there have been tropical and sub-tropical storms in every month. See our Hurricane records page for more information.
  • What is a hurricane? See this page for more information.
  • A Category 6 Hurricane? See Our take on a Category 6 Hurricane
  • Hurricane & Tropical Storm

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    NHC Atlantic

    Active tropical cyclones in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico

    Atlantic Tropical Weather Outlook-
    ABNT20 KNHC 202359

    Tropical Weather Outlook
    NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
    800 PM EDT Sun Aug 20 2017

    For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

    Data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter mission earlier
    this afternoon indicated that the remnants of Harvey, located over
    the central Caribbean Sea, do not have a well-defined center of
    circulation. In addition, the associated shower and thunderstorm
    activity remains disorganized and has decreased in coverage and
    intensity since earlier in the day. Gradual development of this
    system is still possible through Monday night while it moves
    west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph near the coast of Honduras, and
    it could become a tropical cyclone again before it reaches the coast
    of Belize or the Yucatan Peninsula early Tuesday. The remnants are
    expected to move into the Bay of Campeche on Wednesday, where
    redevelopment appears more likely due to more favorable upper-level
    winds. Interests in northern Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, and the
    Yucatan Peninsula should monitor the progress of this system.
    * Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...50 percent.
    * Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent.

    A trough of low pressure located about a hundred miles
    north-northeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands is producing an
    elongated area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms that
    extends southeastward toward Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
    Environmental conditions are expected to be unfavorable for
    development of this system during the next couple of days while it
    moves west-northwestward at about 15 mph toward the northern
    Bahamas and southern Florida. Conditions could become a little
    more conducive for development later in the week when the system is
    near Florida or the adjacent waters of the western Atlantic or
    eastern Gulf of Mexico.
    * Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
    * Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.

    A large area of cloudiness and disorganized thunderstorms located
    about 900 miles east-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands is
    associated with a trough of low pressure. Upper-level winds are
    not conducive for development of this system while it moves
    northwestward over the central Atlantic at 10 to 15 mph.
    * Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
    * Formation chance through 5 days...low...near 0 percent.

    Forecaster Berg

    There are no tropical cyclones at this time.-No tropical cyclones as of Sun, 20 Aug 2017 23:59:20 GMT
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