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Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale
Category Wind Speed Storm Surge
  mph ft
5 ≥157 >18
4 130–156 13–18
3 111–129 9–12
2 96–110 6–8
1 74–95 4–5
Additional Classifications
Tropical Storm 39–73 0–3
Tropical Depression 0–38 0
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is a classification used for most Western Hemisphere tropical cyclones that exceed the intensities of "tropical depressions" and "tropical storms", and thereby become hurricanes. Source: Intellicast

Beaufort Wind Scale

Number Of Storms Per 100 Yrs

Atlantic Basin Storm Count Since 1850

Atlantic Basin Storm Count Since 1850

Typical Tropical Cyclone Origins and Track By Month

June Hurricane Climatology

July Hurricane Climatology

August Hurricane Climatology

September Hurricane Climatology

October Hurricane Climatology

November Hurricane Climatology

Hurricane Strike Percentages

[Map of return period in years for hurricanes passing within 50 nautical miles] Estimated return period in years for hurricanes passing within 50 nautical miles of various locations on the U.S. Coast

[Map of return period in years for major hurricanes passing within 50 nautical miles] Estimated return period in years for major hurricanes passing within 50 nautical miles of various locations on the U.S. Coast

CONUS Hurricane Strikes

[Map of 1950-2011 CONUS Hurricane Strikes] 1950-2011 CONUS Hurricane Strikes (Courtesy of NCDC)

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Hurricane Katrina Track 2005

2017 Hurricane Season Storms

Tropical Storm ARLENE
Duration April 19 – April 21 2017
Peak intensity 50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)
990 mbar (hPa)
Tropical Storm BRET
Duration June 19 – June 20 2017
Peak intensity 50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)
1007 mbar (hPa)
Tropical Storm CINDY
Duration June 20 – June 23 2017
Peak intensity 60 mph (95 km/h) (1-min)
991 mbar (hPa)
Tropical Storm DON
Duration July 17 – July 18 2017
Peak intensity 50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)
1005 mbar (hPa)
Tropical Storm EMILY
Duration July 30 – August 2 2017
Peak intensity 60 mph (95 km/h) (1-min)
1001 mbar (hPa)
Hurricane FRANKLIN
Duration August 7 – August 10 2017
Peak intensity 85 mph (140 km/h) (1-min)
981 mbar (hPa)
Hurricane GERT
Duration August 12 – August 17 2017
Peak intensity 110 mph (175 km/h) (1-min)
962 mbar (hPa)
Major Hurricane HARVEY
Duration August 17 – September 1 2017
Peak intensity 130 mph (215 km/h) (1-min)
937 mbar (hPa)
Major Hurricane IRMA
Duration August 30 – September 12 2017
Peak intensity 180 mph (285 km/h) (1-min)
914 mbar (hPa)
Major Hurricane JOSE
Duration September 5 – September 22 2017
Peak intensity 155 mph (250 km/h) (1-min)
938 mbar (hPa)
Hurricane KATIA
Duration September 5 – September 9 2017
Peak intensity 105 mph (165 km/h) (1-min)
972 mbar (hPa)
Tropical Storm LEE
Duration September 14 – September 30 2017
Peak intensity 115 mph (185 km/h) (1-min)
962 mbar (hPa)
Major Hurricane MARIA
Duration September 16 – September 30 2017
Peak intensity 175 mph (280 km/h) (1-min)
908 mbar (hPa)
Hurricane NATE
Duration October 4 – October 9 2017
Peak intensity 90 mph (150 km/h) (1-min)
981 mbar (hPa)
Major Hurricane OPHELIA
Duration October 9 – October 16 2017
Peak intensity 115 mph (185 km/h) (1-min)
959 mbar (hPa)
Tropical Storm PHILIPPE
Duration October 28 – October 29 2017
Peak intensity 40 mph (65 km/h) (1-min)
1000 mbar (hPa)
Tropical Storm RINA
Duration November 5 – November 9 2017
Peak intensity 60 mph (95 km/h) (1-min)
991 mbar (hPa)

2018 Hurricane Season Forecasts

The 2018 hurricane season begins June 1.

Most initial forecasts project that the number of storms will be above average, and several forecasts indicate an above-average likelihood that a major hurricane will make landfall in the Caribbean, the Gulf Coast, or the US East Coast. For residents still picking up after the hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, that would be too soon.

Before the 2017 hurricane season started, forecasts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Colorado State University’s Tropical Meteorology Project, and The Weather Channel had pegged that year as likely to be above average but not extreme. It turned out to be one of the most disastrous, extremely active hurricane seasons on record. The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was a hyperactive and catastrophic hurricane season, featuring 17 named storms, 10 hurricanes and 6 major hurricanes – ranking it alongside 1936 as the fifth-most active season since records began in 1851. The season also featured both the highest total accumulated cyclone energy (ACE) and the highest number of major hurricanes since 2005. All ten of the season’s hurricanes occurred in a row, the greatest number of consecutive hurricanes in the satellite era, and tied for the greatest number of consecutive hurricanes ever observed in the Atlantic basin since records began in 1851. In addition, it was by far the costliest season on record, with a total of at least $282.16 billion (USD) in damages, about $100 billion higher than the total of the previous record holder — the 2005 season. In addition, essentially all of the season’s damage was due to three of the season’s major hurricanes — Harvey, Irma, and Maria. This season is also one of only six years on record to feature multiple Category 5 hurricanes, and only the second after 2007 to feature two hurricanes making landfall at that intensity. This season is the only season on record in which three hurricanes each had an ACE of over 40: Irma, Jose, and Maria.

Below are the 2018 seasonal forecasts from all of the major organizations…

2018 Hurricane Season ForecastsHurricanes in the Atlantic are formed by a confluence of global conditions, including ocean temperatures in both the Atlantic and the Pacific (which can affect winds), long-term ocean currents, and atmospheric winds. Right now, the western Atlantic is abnormally warm, but the eastern and northern Atlantic are abnormally cool. A weak La Niña event in the Pacific (which means that waters are cool) is expected to transition to a state of “ENSO-neutral,” meaning there won’t be any La Niña or El Niño conditions. That was the situation last year as well.

Colorado State University (CSU) is forecasting a ABOVE AVERAGE Season with a total of 14 named storms, 7 hurricanes which 3 of those will be major hurricanes and an Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) of 130. The CSU outlook also calls for a 63% chance of a major hurricane hitting the U.S. in 2018, with a 39% chance for the East Coast and Florida Peninsula and a 38% chance for the Gulf Coast. The Caribbean is forecast to have a 52% chance of seeing at least one major hurricane. The forecast prepared by the CSU Tropical Meteorology Project, headed by Dr. Phil Klotzbach is slightly ABOVE the 30 year average from 1981 – 2010. They are saying the current weak La Niña event appears likely to transition to neutral ENSO over the next several months, but at this point, we do not anticipate a significant El Niño event this summer/fall.

Tropical Storm Risk, Inc. (TSR) is forecasting an AVERAGE Season with a total of 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes which 2 of those will be major hurricanes. ACE index at an 84. They project that two named storms and one hurricanee will hit the U.S. The averages from the 1950-2016 climatology are three named storms and one hurricane. Their average forecast is the anticipated development of cooler than normal sea surface temperatures in the tropical North Atlantic and Caribbean Sea by the summer/autumn of 2018.

The Weather Channel (TWC) is forecasting a NEAR AVERAGE Season with a total of 12 named storms, 5 hurricanes which 2 of those will be major hurricanes. Their forecast is based on projected cooler water temperatures in the Atlantic and warmer temperatures in the Pacific which could hamper activity. They emphasize regardless of the forecast, it only takes one storm to claim lives and property. Always stay prepared and alert.

North Carolina State University (NCSU) also released their forecast predicting a ABOVE AVERAGE season with a total of 14–18 named storms, 7–11 hurricanes which they say 3–5 will be major hurricanes. Noting that this year’s numbers for the Gulf are also ABOVE the average of three named storms. NCSU data indicate the likelihood of five to six named storms forming in the region, with one to two of the storms becoming a hurricane. is forecasting an AVERAGE TO ABOVEaverage Season with 12-15 named storms, 6-8 of which are projected to become hurricanes and 3-5 of which may become major hurricanes. They say we are in a weakening La Niña pattern, but the climate pattern is expected to go into what’s called a neutral pattern, which promotes near-normal wind shear. But they also note the thing that’s causing the balance to tip in one direction [this year] is that sea surface temperatures are warmer than normal. is forecasting in between a BELOW to ABOVE average Season with 11-15 named storms, 5-7 hurricanes which 1-3 of those becoming major hurricanes and an Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) of 90-110. WeatherBELL says as far as impact, unlike last year when we plainly had the U.S. in the cross-hairs, this year it looks like the U.S. will be on the western edge of the highest ACE area (50% or more). This will extend between 30°N and 40°N from the U.S. coast to 55°W. If I had to draw it today, the centering of the area of greatest activity would not be like last year. Look for storms to be stronger farther to the north and east than 2017.

Global Weather Oscillations (GWO) is forecasting just like they did last year a ABOVE average Season. NOTE: GWO was the only organization to predict an ABOVE average Season in 2017. GWO is predicting that 2018 will look a lot like 2017 with respects to hurricane season. In fact, GWO is predicting that this coming hurricane season could be another record breaker. They are predicting a total of 16 named storms. 8 of which will become hurricanes and 4 of those hurricanes will become major hurricanes. The predict that 2 of those major hurricanes will impact United States. GWO says that due to the similar ocean temperatures as last year in the Caribbean and Atlanta regions near the United States it creates a more favorable environment for tropical storms to form. These storms grow in strength as they move towards the United States. The experts at GWO have an incredible reputation based on their results last hurricane season. With this type of notice this far in advance, people must take action and prepare themselves early.

Here are the official 2018 Names: Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sara, Tony, Valerie, William

Note: There is no strong correlation between the number of storms or hurricanes and U.S. landfalls in any given season. One or more of the named storms forecast to develop this season could hit the U.S., or none at all. Therefore, residents of the coastal United States should prepare each year no matter the forecast.

A couple of classic examples of why you need to be prepared each year occurred in 1992 and 1983. The 1992 season produced only six named storms and one subtropical storm. However, one of those named storms was Hurricane Andrew, which devastated South Florida as a Category 5 hurricane. In 1983 there were only four named storms, but one of them was Alicia. The Category 3 hurricane hit the Houston-Galveston area and caused almost as many direct fatalities there as Andrew did in South Florida.

In contrast, the 2010 season was active. There were 19 named storms and 12 hurricanes that formed in the Atlantic Basin. Despite the large number of storms that year, not a single hurricane and only one tropical storm made landfall in the United States.

In other words, a season can deliver many storms, but have little impact, or deliver few storms and have one or more hitting the U.S. coast with major impact. So ALWAYS BE ALERT AND PREPARED NO MATTER WHAT THE FORECAST IS! You can rely on Track The Tropics EVERY YEAR to bring you the latest and most accurate information on Hurricane Season 24/7… STAY TUNED!!



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