Q: What does the hurricane season look like?
A: The official Atlantic basin hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30, with an average of 10 to 15 storms each year.
The peak of activity in the Atlantic basic runs from mid-August to mid-October. During that subset of the entire season, more than 70% of all storms in the last 100 years have occurred.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, predicts that there is a 70% chance that this year’s Atlantic hurricane season will include 14 to 21 named storms, or storms with winds of 39 mph or higher. Of those, NOAA predicts that six to 10 hurricanes will have winds of 74 mph or greater, and three to six major hurricanes will have winds of 111 mph. This could be the seventh year in a row that the hurricane season is more active than usual.
Hurricanes are given people’s names because it is easy to identify one storm from another and the names are easy to remember. When a tropical storm reaches wind speeds of 39 mph, the storm is then called Tropical Storm “Blank,” the blank being whatever name is next on the alphabetical list. A tropical storm is