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Nautical Trivia

September 25, 2017

1. Did you know that the basic concept of a hurricane season began during 1935, when dedicated wire circuits known as hurricane circuits began to be set up along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts, a process completed by 1955?

2. Did you know, that before our continuous weather satellite era,   hurricane reconnaissance planes were sent out to fly across the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico on a routine basis to look for potential tropical cyclones?

3. Did you know that prior records indicate a total of 291 Atlantic tropical cyclones have produced hurricane-force winds in every state along the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, as well as Pennsylvania?  Florida was affected by 118 hurricanes, which was more than any other state; Texas ranked second.

4. Did you know that during the season, regular tropical weather outlooks are issued by the National Hurricane Center? The coordination between the Hydro meteorological Prediction Center and National Hurricane Center occurs for systems which have not formed yet but could develop during the next three to seven days.?

5. Did you know that the most active season was 2005, during which 28 tropical cyclones formed, of which a record 15 became hurricanes. The least active season was 1914, with only one known tropical cyclone developing during that year.
6. Did you know tropical cyclones in the North Atlantic are called hurricanes, tropical storms, or tropical depressions?  We have had over the years several storms that have not been fully tropical and are categorized as subtropical depressions and subtropical storms.

 7. Did you know that on a worldwide scale, May is the least active month, while September is the most active?  In the Northern Atlantic Ocean, a distinct hurricane season occurs from June 1 to November 30, sharply peaking from late August through September; the season’s climatological peak of activity occurs around September 10 each season.

 8. Did you know that tropical disturbances that reach tropical storm intensity are named from a pre-determined list? On average, 10.1 named storms occur each season, with an average of 5.9 becoming hurricanes and 2.5 becoming major hurricanes.

9. Did you know that worldwide, tropical cyclone activity peaks in late summer, when the difference between temperatures aloft and sea surface temperatures is the greatest? However, each particular basin has its own seasonal patterns

10. Did you know that an intense tropical weather system of strong thunderstorms with a well-defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 74 mph (64 kt) or higher is a category 1.  As the wind speeds increase the category number rises.

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