Minimize Hurricane Season 2018

Every year Hurricanes, Typhoons and Cyclones develop over the oceans. The storms that reach land can potentially cause devastation. We will be featuring some related imagery to demonstrate these remarkable, and sometimes deadly, weather formations throughout the year.

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The season typically occurs between mid-May to the end of November, due to the warmer temperatures, but storms do sometimes form at other times of the year.

Storms that approach land are named so that they can be tracked by meteorologists.

  • Cyclones take place over the Indian Ocean
  • Hurricanes take place over the North Atlantic Ocean
  • Typhoons take place over the Pacific Ocean

There is a strict procedure to determine a list of tropical cyclone names in an ocean basin. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) maintains rotating lists of names which are appropriate for each Tropical Cyclone basin. If a cyclone is particularly deadly or costly, then its name is retired and replaced by another one.


12 September 2018 - Florence, Isaac, and Helene

The Atlantic basin was relatively quiet for much of August 2018, but September brought a surge in storm activity. On 9 September 2018, Florence, Isaac, and Helene were all churning up the North Atlantic. The trio of storms is visible in this image acquired by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite.

Category 4 Hurricane Florence was the most ominous for people in the United States. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center expect the slow-moving storm to reach the coast of the Carolinas on September 12 or 13, bringing a life-threatening storm surge, exceptionally heavy inland rains, and damaging winds.


Credit: NASA Earth Observatory


10 July 2018 - Hurricane Chris

On 10 July 2018, Tropical Storm Chris intensified off the coast of the eastern United States and became the second hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season. At 17:35 Universal Time (1:35 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time), the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite acquired this image of the storm.

Hurricane Chris continued moving northeast over the Atlantic Ocean on 11 July as a category 2 storm on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale. 

Credit: NASA Earth Observatory