DISCUSSION: This seasons hurricane activity has surely put much burden on residents and city officials as both attempt to find safety through what is seemingly an endless hurricane season. In the northern hemisphere, the Atlantic hurricane season officially begins June 1st and will end on November 30th, while the Eastern Pacific began May 15th with the Central Pacific began June 1st both with end dates of November 30th.
The first system of the Atlantic season formed April 19th, 2017 with Tropical Storm Arlene. While remaining relatively quiet with several systems names from June to August, the warmer sea temperatures are proving lucrative to development of latent heat with a 1-2-3-4 development of Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Katia. Although 2017 is nearly halfway through its hurricane season there has been a vast amount of information that will help improve many of the unfavorable developments associated with tropical cyclones.
It has been a trying season for the United States and its surrounding Caribbean friends. Although devastation is prevalent, each one of these tropical cyclones and natural disasters can be utilized as a learning tool for improvement.
For more information on Irma and tropical cyclones visit the Global Weather and Climate Center.
©2017 Meteorologist Jessica Olsen
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