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    FAQ: HURRICANES, TYPHOONS AND TROPICAL CYCLONES
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    The Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30; however, tropical storms may form at almost any time of the year. The only month in which a tropical storm has not formed since record-keeping began is April. Expect the possibility of tropical storms and category 1 hurricanes developing in the northwestern Caribbean and the waters around Cuba, the Bahamas, and Florida after the middle of May, as this trend has become well enough established over the last ten years to reduce the significance of June 1.

    In other parts of the world, the season of peak tropical cyclone activity varies, the general rule being May-December in the Northern Hemisphere, and November-May in the Southern Hemisphere. In the Pacific Ocean West of 180, hurricanes are referred to as "typhoons"; in the Indian Ocean as "severe tropical cyclones" or "willy-willies".

    A Tropical Depression is defined as a tropical low with a closed circulation having a wind speed below 39 MPH (35 knots); a Tropical Storm has a wind speed of at least 39 MPH (35 knots), but less than 74 MPH (64 knots); a Hurricane has a sustained wind speed of at least 74 MPH (64 knots). In a hurricane, peak gusts are maximum sustained wind speed plus 30%. See the Saffir-Simpson Scale on the right:

    Atlantic Hurricane Names
    (the names are rotated every 6 years)
    200320042005200620072008
      Ana  Alex  Arlene  Alberto  Allison  Arthur
      Bill  Bonnie  Bret  Beryl  Barry  Bertha
      Claudette  Charley  Cindy  Chris  Chantal  Cristobal
      Danny  Danielle  Dennis  Debby  Dean  Dolly
      Erika  Earl  Emily  Ernesto  Erin  Edouard
      Fabian  Frances  Floyd  Florence  Felix  Fay
      Grace  Georges(ret)
      Gaston
      Gert  Gordon  Gabrielle  Gustav
      Henri  Hermine  Harvey  Helene  Humberto  Hanna
      Isabel  Ivan  Irene  Isaac  Iris  Isidore
      Juan  Jeanne  Jose  Joyce  Jerry  Josephine
      Kate  Karl  Katrina  Keith  Karen  Kyle
      Larry  Lisa  Lenny  Leslie  Lorenzo  Lili
      MindyMitch(ret)
      Matthew
      Maria  Michael  Michelle  Marco
      Nicholas  Nicole  Nate  Nadine  Noel  Nana
      Odette  Otto  Ophelia  Oscar  Olga  Omar
      Peter  Paula  Philippe  Patty  Pablo  Paloma
      Rose  Richard  Rita  Rafael  Rebekah  Rene
      Sam  Shary  Stan  Sandy  Sebastien  Sally
      Teresa  Tomas  Tammy  Tony  Tanya  Teddy
      Victor  Virginie  Vince  Valerie  Van  Vicky
      Wanda  Walter  Wilma  William  Wendy  Wilfred
    World-Wide Tropical Cyclone Names

    Saffir-Simpson Scale for Hurricane Classification
    StrengthWind Speed
    (Kts)
    Wind Speed
    (MPH)
    Pressure
    (Millibars)
    Storm Surge
    DAMAGE
    Cat 165-82 kts74-95 mph>980 mb 4-5 ft. Minimal
    Cat 283-95 kts96-110 mph965-979 mb6-8 ft. Moderate
    Cat 396-113 kts111-130 mph945-964 mb9-12 ft. Extensive
    Cat 4 114-135 kts 131-155 mph920-944 mb 13-18 ft. Extreme
    Cat 5 >135 kts >155 mph 919 mb 18 ft. + Catastrophic
    Tropical Cyclone Classification
    Tropical Depression20-34kts
    Tropical Storm35-64kts
    Hurricane65+kts or 74+mph

    HISTORICAL/EDUCATIONAL DATA
    Misc Info
    THE STORM CYCLE
    THE POWER OF A HURRICANE
    Hurricanes From Space
    The Great Hurricane of 1938 - The Long Island Express


    2003
    ANA
    TD #2
    BILL
    CLAUDETTE
    DANNY
    TD 6
    TD 7
    ERIKA
    TD 9
    FABIAN
    GRACE
    HENRI
    ISABEL
    TD #14
    JUAN
    KATE
    Larry
    Mindy
    NICHOLAS
    ODETTE
    PETER
    2004
    Alex
    Bonnie
    Charley
    DANIELLE
    Earl
    FRANCES
    GASTON
    HERMINE
    IVAN
    TD 10
    JEANNE
    KARL
    LISA
    MATTHEW
    NICOLE
    OTTO



    2005
    Arlene
    Bret
    Cindy
    Dennis
    Emily
    Franklin
    GERT
    HARVEY
    IRENE
    TEN
    JOSE
    KATRINA
    LEE
    MARIA
    Nate
    OPHELIA
    PHILIPPE
    RITA
    TD 19
    STAN
    TAMMY
    TD 22
    VINCE
    WILMA
    ALPHA
    Beta
    GAMMA
    DELTA
    Epsilon
    ZETA
    1997
    ANA
    BILL
    CLAUDETTE
    DANNY
    TD 5
    ERIKA
    1998
    ALEX
    BONNIE
    CHARLEY
    DANIELLE
    EARL
    FRANCES
    GEORGES
    HERMINE
    IVAN
    JEANNE
    KARL
    LISA
    MITCH
    NICOLE
    RECORD-TIEING
    4 HURRICANES
    IN THE
    ATLANTIC AT ONCE!
    Satellite Image


    1999
    TS ARLENE
    TD #2
    Hurricane BRET
    Hurricane CINDY
    Hurricane DENNIS
    TS EMILY
    TD 7
    HURRICANE FLOYD
    HURRICANE GERT
    TS HARVEY
    TD #11
    TD #12
    HURRICANE IRENE
    HURRICANE JOSE
    TS KATRINA
    HURRICANE LENNY
    2000
    TD #1
    TD #2
    ALBERTO
    TD #4
    BERYL
    Chris
    DEBBY
    ERNESTO
    TD #9
    FLORENCE
    GORDON
    Helene
    Isaac
    Joyce
    Keith
    LESLIE
    Michael
    NADINE
    2001
    ALLISON
    TD # 2
    BARRY
    CHANTAL
    DEAN
    ERIN
    FELIX
    GABRIELLE
    TD #9
    HUMBERTO
    Iris
    JERRY
    KAREN
    Lorenzo
    Michelle
    Noel
    2002
    Arthur
    Bertha
    Cristobal
    DOLLY
    EDOUARD
    FAY
    TD 7
    Gustav
    Hanna
    Hurricane Isidore
    Josephine
    Hurricane Kyle
    Hurricane LILI
    TD 14

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