BLOG: Hurricane season has started

Posted at 4:26 PM, May 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-15 17:26:34-04

Hurricane season is officially here.

The eastern Pacific season runs from May 15th to November 30th. The start of the Atlantic basin season is a little later, cranking up June 1st and going through November 30th as well.

The eastern Pacific hurricane season seems to peak by late August and the Atlantic basin season peak season is from mid-August to mid-October.

We'll have to see what this season brings as last year was very active.

Speaking of last year, hurricane names are sometimes retired if they were so deadly or destructive that the future use of the name would be insensitive. That was the case for Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate that wreaked havoc in 2017. Those names were officially retired last month by the World Meteorological Organization.

Including these four additions, there have been 86 names retired from the Atlantic basin list since 1953, when storms began to be named. The 2005 hurricane season still has the most retired names (five) for one season.