Today is the official start of the 2009 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Fortunately, there are no disturbances on the map that look like they have potential to develop into tropical cyclones. The figure below shows 79 tropical storm formation points in the Atlantic Basin in the month of June from 1851 to 2008. The most likely areas for tropical storm development in June include the Gulf of Mexico, western Caribbean Sea, and the Atlantic just off the southeast United States.
The Atlantic averages one June tropical storm about every two years. Given that there are no on-going tropical cyclones, we can take advantage of this time to dust off our preparedness plans. Time spent on preparedness efforts now will help tremendously during the next tropical cyclone threat. Please don’t wait until a hurricane is knocking on your door to start thinking about what you and your family will do.