Lest anyone think we’ve escaped the Atlantic hurricane season unscathed, Cruise Critic is here to remind you the season is really only just getting started. You see, September is actually the month often described as the height of “Cape Verde Season,” when the winds start picking up near the Cape Verde islands and gradually gain in strength as they make their way westwards.
And September 10, which we at Cruise Critic familiarly refer to as Hurricane Day, is the peak of the hurricane season as a whole.
Don’t believe us?
Statistically, over the past 100 years, a very clear pattern has emerged. By analyzing the number of storms on any given day of the season and plotting them on a graph, the National Hurricane Center has determined that September 10 is historically the busiest day of the year.
There has been at least one named storm on September 10 for the past several decades. In 2012, there were two. This year, we have two again — tropical storm Gabrielle currently bearing down on Bermuda and tropical storm Humberto, located a couple hundred miles off of the Cape Verde islands.
What’s more, Humberto is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane by the end of today, the first Atlantic storm of 2013 to do so.
Humberto is only the eighth Atlantic storm so far this season, and with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration having predicted 13 to 20 named storms this year (of which seven to 11 could become hurricanes), we’ve still got lots of potential stormy weather ahead of us.
So let’s raise our hurricane glasses and toast to as uneventful a season as possible.
Happy Hurricane Day.