National Hurricane Center
Hurricane activity often increases in the second half of a season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.
A weak La Niña that develops in the central Pacific Ocean is the main culprit, but it’s fairly weak. Even so, average global climate models indicate hurricane activity will increase by about 2 percent from the first half of the season to the second. That appears to be consistent with what has happened since 2016. This is the first time a second half of hurricane activity in a single season has been as strong as the start.
Meanwhile, the Atlantic has another storm waiting in the wings. Tropical Storm Beryl is expected to become a hurricane by Sunday or Monday. The storm is currently over the southeastern Caribbean Islands and on track to move up the eastern coast of the United States.
A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Dare County, North Carolina, beginning at Cape Hatteras.
For the Southeast, Hurricane Season 2018 will now be known as Hurricane Season 2018-19. Read the rest of this story on The Atlantic’s website.