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.
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.
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