Images taken of the Caribbean Sky during Hurricane Season.
September 10 marks the statistical peak of the Atlantic hurricane season. Based on data gathered since 1851, it’s been more likely for a hurricane to be active on this date than on any other in the entire season — from June 1 to November 30.
Climate scientists, meanwhile, take a longer view: how will hurricane numbers and intensity change as the greenhouse gas emissions continue to warm the planet? The answer: not sure yet.
Warm water is important for hurricane formation, but wind shear is another factor — and some research shows that wind shear may increase in a warming world. So in recent years, climatologists began to think we’d have fewer Atlantic hurricanes on average, but that the ones that did manage to form would be stronger.