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Weather Blog: Peak of Hurricane Season

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We have now entered into the peak of Hurricane Season.   Over the next 4 weeks we historically see more activity than at any other time during the season.
Hurricane Season Peak
It is interesting to note that we actually see as much activity over the next 2 weeks (Aug 26-Sept 10) as we do the previous 3 months based on climate.   Notice on Sept. 10th, the actual peak of the season we see nearly 100 storms over a 100 year average.   There are a few years when there is no storm on that date, but there have also been years with multiple tropical storms and/or hurricanes at the same time.

North Carolina is often in the sights of these storms.
Frequency of HurricanesAreas along the NC coast experience a hurricane center passing within 50 miles every 5 to 7 years.   That is more often than most of Florida.   As many know from tracking these storms over the year that has more to do with the shape of our coastline and how it sticks out.    Storms will often turn northeast as they get higher in latitude, but our coast sticks out so far that we often get hit.


Major hurricanes hit many our beaches every 15 to 20 years.   Major hurricanes have winds of at least 111 mph (96 knots).
Major Hurricane
Since this seasons first tropical system already hit North Carolina, it is our hope that we get a pass the rest of this year.    Over the next month we will likely know.    We can still get hit after September (Hazel 1954), but it is rare.    Cold fronts will usually keep activity off the coast once we get into fall.