ATLANTA — Saturday is the statistical peak of hurricane season. When you factor in all of the tropical activity throughout the season from June 1st to November 30th, September 10th comes out as the peak of the season.
So far, we've had 5 named systems. Alex, Bonnie and Colin were tropical storms in June and the beginning of July. We had a long stretch with no named systems. Then we had Hurricane Danielle and Hurricane Earl.
Earl continues to churn in the Atlantic. It is maintaining hurricane strength is it moves quickly toward the northeast. It is expected to become post tropical Saturday as it loses tropical characteristics.
We now have only 1 tropical wave that we are monitoring coming off the coast of Africa. As of Friday evening, it has only a 30% chance of developing over the next 5 days.
We will continue watching the tropics. Typically this is the most active time through about mid October. Then activity usually slows a little until the end of the season on November 30th.