Topper's Blog: Hurricane Facts, Hurricane Names

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Hurricane Tidbits

Hurricane season is upon us and runs from June first through November. A tropical depression becomes a tropical storm when its sustained winds are between 39 mph and 73 mph. The storm is then named. When the storm generates sustained winds of 74 mph or greater it becomes a hurricane.

Names: Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto

- Average lifespan of a hurricane is ten days 


- Average diameter of an eye fourteen miles


- Average forward speed (movement) in tropics ten knots (12 mph)


- Average hurricane generates up to 300-400 billion kilowat hours of energy per day (That's the equivalent of 200 times the total amount of electricity produced in the U.S. in 1978.)


- Average hurricane precipitates (rains out) 10 - 20 billion tons of water each day.


- On average 4% of all hurricanes form in June


- On average 6% of hurricanes form in July


- On average 29% of hurricanes form in August


- On average 36 % of hurricanes form in September making this statistically the busiest month.


- On average 19% of hurricanes form in October


- On average 3% of hurricanes form in November


- September 10th is the statistically the busiest day of the hurricane season. Over the last 107 years there have been 46 hurricanes in the Atlantic Basin on this date.


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