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It's the Peak of Atlantic Hurricane Season This Week, But There's Still a Long Way to Go

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Hurricane season at peakFriday marks the statistical peak of the Atlantic hurricane season. It's when the Atlantic Basin has had the most hurricanes and named storms over the course of history.

This seasonal peak is also when conditions are most optimal for the development of tropical storms and hurricanes.

There's an overlap of favorable factors in early-mid September, including ocean water reaching its highest temperature, the atmosphere's ability to generate thunderstorms hitting its peak, and hostile shearing winds declining to a minimum. A parade of disturbances known as tropical waves, which act as seeds for development and peak in July, are still numerous in September.

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