After the recent spate of storms that have battered the the U.S. East Coast and Midwest, not to mention the Bahamas, Caribbean and Bermuda, you don’t need “data” to tell you we’re in the height of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. But, statistically speaking, September 10 is the seasonal peak.
Seriously. Analysis of storm records from the past 100 years shows September 10 to be the “busiest” day of the year. (See it on this graph, plotted by the National Hurricane Center.) We’ve had at least one storm on this date for the past several decades. In 2011, we have three. Hurricane Katia is ripping across the North Atlantic in the general direction of Great Britain, Tropical Storm Maria is tracing an ominous path through the Eastern Caribbean, and Tropical Storm Nate, the season’s 14th named storm, is heading for the Gulf Coast of Mexico.
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