(4:47 p.m. EDT) -- Mark your calendars for September 10.
During the six-month Atlantic Hurricane Season -- which runs from June 1 through November 30 -- September 10 is the apex, the statistical "busiest" day of the season storm-wise. And it's not just our imagination; check out the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) graph, which charts the number of storms on any given day over the past 100-odd years. In a season defined by uncertainty -- until a storm makes landfall its path is never 100 percent certain -- the only definite is that at least one named storm will be active in the Atlantic on September 10.
This year, after going storm-free in the Caribbean for the first two and a half months of the season, we were starting to wonder if El Nino, the Pacific warm water phenomenon that's believed to have a softening effect on the Atlantic storm season, would put an end to the September 10 streak. But as of late, storm activity has picked up significantly, with five named storms disrupting the Caribbean in the past few weeks. And we'll wager that September 10, 2009 will have at least one active storm ... but which named storm or storms is anyone's guess.
So we'd like to turn it over to you with a little contest: Which Atlantic storm(s) will be active on September 10 at any time during the day, Eastern time? Take a stab at it on our Hurricane Zone '09 forum, and we'll choose one of the correct respondents at random to win a Cruise Critic Cruise Essentials pack, which is composed of a rain poncho, hand sanitizer, insulated sport pack and beach safe. Polls will be open until Sunday at 4:24 p.m. EDT.
For a complete list of Atlantic storm names, check out our Hurricane Zone page.
--by Dan Askin, Associate Editor
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Atlantic Hurricane Season Peak Nears, Time to Name That Storm!
September 3, 2009