Tweet (5:45 p.m. EDT) -- If you've been reading a lot about hurricanes on Cruise Critic the last few weeks, there's a reason -- we're currently in the height of the Atlantic hurricane season, which officially runs from June 1 through November 30. And today -- September 10 -- is the peak of hurricane season as a whole.
There are statistics to back this up: Analysis of storm data 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.)
Sure enough, we've had at least one storm on this date for the past several decades (last year we ran a contest asking members to guess what storms would be active on September 10). And 2010 is no exception -- though we'd hardly classify today as particularly busy. Tropical Storm Igor is the only named storm swirling about the Atlantic today, and even though Igor could become a hurricane over the next few days, it's currently far out in the Atlantic, near the Cape Verde islands.
The good news in all this, of course, is that there's no chance of cruise impact this weekend -- and that's certainly cause for celebration!
So we wish you a very happy Hurricane Day. As our gift to you, we invite you check out some trivia and tidbits -- courtesy of Cruise Critic's own "storm meister" -- which you can use to impress your friends this weekend.
Hurricanes by the Numbers
How Storms Get Their Names
Hurricane Souvenirs: The Cruzan Hook
Using Folklore for Forecasting
Where Should I Cruise When?
And the Award for Most Storms Goes to....
--by Melissa Paloti, Managing Editor
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September 10, 2010