Hurricane Season Begins

The 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins today, June 1, and continues through November 30. Tropical activity in the Atlantic/Caribbean/Gulf basins tends to peak around September 10.

Here is the list of names for the 2011 season:

These are the long-term averages for tropical activity in the Atlantic:

Named Storms (either Tropical Storm or Hurricane strength): 11 cyclones
Hurricanes (named storms that reach hurricane strength): 6 cyclones
Major Hurricanes (named storms that reach Category 3, 4, or 5): 2 cyclones