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Weather Talk: Hurricane season is getting busy at its peak

The Atlantic Hurricane Season in the Northern Hemisphere begins around the end of May and lasts through the end of November. During this period, ocean temperatures are warm enough to allow for enough evaporation to provide the thermodynamic energy needed for tropical weather systems to grow.

This past summer, there was a notable absence of tropical storms in the Atlantic due mostly to a large plume of Saharan dust which cooled the atmosphere and inhibited storm development.

That dust is now gone and the waters of the tropical and near-tropical Atlantic have warmed up greatly due to the absence of storms during summer, setting the stage for an active fall. September and October are the peak months for Atlantic hurricanes because ocean temperatures are warmest this time of year. And the ocean is exceptionally warm this year.

John Wheeler

John was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and grew up near Birmingham, Alabama. As a teenager, his family moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and later to a small town in northeast Iowa. John traces his early interest in weather to the difference in climate between Alabama and Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in meteorology. Like any meteorologist, John is intrigued by extremes of weather, especially arctic air outbreaks and winter storms.  John has been known to say he prefers his summers to be hot but in winter, he prefers the cold.  When away from work, John enjoys long-distance running and reading.  John has been a meteorologist at WDAY since May of 1985.

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