After Florence Tropical Atlantic Basin Calms Down, But Hurricane Season Is Far from Over


  • Following a frenzied first two weeks of September, the tropics are quieting down.
  • Wind shear, drier air and a shutdown of African easterly waves are all factors.
  • There is still about 40 percent of an average hurricane season left.

The tropical Atlantic Basin is finally calming down after a frenetic first half of September capped off by Hurricane Florence.




The first two weeks of September featured five named storms, three of which became hurricanes – Florence, Helene and Isaac.


Using a metric called named storm days, Dr. Phil Klotzbach, a Colorado State University tropical scientist, found only 1964 had a more frenetic first two weeks of September.


(FLASHBACK: September 2017 Most Active Month on Record)


The frenzy last week even impressed National Hurricane Center…

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