The recent flurry of tropical cyclones in the Atlantic is a reminder that we are now entering the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, and this season is turning out to be well above average.
For the first time in the 2008 hurricane season, there are four tropical cyclones active in the Atlantic Ocean basin on one day.
A new analysis of environmental conditions over the Atlantic Ocean shows that hot, dry air associated with dust outbreaks from the Sahara desert likely contributed to the quieter-than-expected 2007 hurricane season.
Making a proper distinction by looking at both raindrop size and abundance may be a key to assisting weather forecasters in estimating rainfall intensity to reduce the surprise factor of flash flooding.
The Atlantic Hurricane Season began early in 2007, and by mid-December it was still going.
NASA has developed several educational tools including posters, graphics, and classroom activities on hurricanes.