The Atlantic’s first hurricane of the 2013 season may be forming right now. Currently classified as Tropical Storm Humberto, this powerful storm system may see winds reaching as high as 74 miles per hour as soon as Tuesday. According to the National Hurricane Center, the Atlantic hurricane season starts on the first day of June and ends the thirtieth of November. Hurricane season for the Eastern Pacific region runs slightly longer with the first day being the fifteenth of May and the last day being the thirtieth of November.
While the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season has already seen eight tropical storms, Humberto is projected to be the first capable of having winds reach the level for being classified as a hurricane. Cape Verde Islands received warnings when Humberto was 85 miles south at approximately 11 Monday morning according to New York time. Presently, the storm system is anticipated to move in a northern direction.
Michael Schlacter, who is the founder of Weather 2000 Incorporated based out of New York, shared his thoughts with Bloomberg about the estimations for the Atlantic Hurricane Season, “There aren’t a lot of hindering forces in the Atlantic right now. The Atlantic is almost like a boiling pot of water and where those heat bubbles are going to come up, no one can say.”
If Tropical Storm Humberto does not escalate to a hurricane, there still exists the potential for other hurricanes to develop during this season. Dennis Feltgen from the National Hurricane Center said via e-mail, “With records going back to 1851, there are 12 years when the first hurricane materialized on or after today. The all-time record latest is October 8, 1905.”
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