The database for developing tropical storms for the Atlantic goes back to 1851, while the eastern Pacific dates back to 1949. Although storm naming did not begin until after World War 2, tropical storms are considered official when winds reach 39 mph. It should be noted that the data reliability is not a strong before satellites were used to assist in watching the tropics. However the peak of Hurricane Season is during the middle of September.
The origin of these storms can be found broken down by 10 day periods in the slide show on the left.
Also see the video of the 2010 tropical season which turned out to be the 3rd most active on record. This shows how each year a general pattern can be identified based on the overall pattern. Not all years are the same.
Tropical story links:
- 2011 Hurricane season forecast and review of 2010
- 2011 Hurricane season video report: Joe Bastardi forecast for more US landfalls
2010 Season Recap:
- Records and individual storm links
- Video of 2010 Season from NOAA
NOTE: 2009 was among the least active in the last two decades (video)
Hurricane Awareness Week Links:
- Hurricane Awareness Week: History of storms 1900-1979
- Hurricane Awareness Week: History of Atlantic storms 1980-2005
- Hurricane Awareness Week: Storm surge highlights oil danger on Louisiana coast
- Hurricane Awareness Week: Inland Flooding
NEW:Satellite Loop Movie: 72 hours of Total Precipitable Water and TRMM