August hurricane history - the 2nd busiest month of the season

posted by Brian Mudd - 

August hurricane history -  what typically occurs in the 2nd most active month of the year: 

Bottom Line: If you're aware of the Atlantic hurricane season, you're aware that we've just entered the peak time of the season...but first how much of the season is statistically behind us? And typically how much is ahead?

Since tracking began in 1851: 

  • 14.3% of all tropical storms had formed prior to August (meaning that about 86% form from August on). 
  • 9.5% of all hurricanes have formed prior to August (so 90%+ plus happen after) 

As we continue to advance through the month, hopefully free from the threat of hurricanes, we'll see this picture begin to reverse. The absolute peak of hurricane season has historically been the final two weeks of August and first two weeks of September - with September 10th historically being the absolute peak of season. For perspective, there have been more tropical storms and hurricanes that have formed in August, than the first seven months of the year combined historically. 

Here's what we average: 2.3 tropical storms & 1.5 hurricanes (so basically about four named storms per year). An average of one storm or hurricane makes landfall in the US every other year. Since technically Emily hit Florida as a tropical storm...maybe we're off the hook this month!😊

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