This satellite image taken at 3:06 p.m. EDT and provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Ian making landfall in southwest Florida near Cayo Costa on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, as a catastrophic Category 4 storm.
(NOAA via AP)

Hurricane season 2023 begins in a month. I had hoped to be gone but that did n ot happen. So I will start 2 posts a day with one on the hurricane season as I did last year.

The 2023 hurricane season officially begins on June 1, and Arlene sits at the top of this year’s list of storm names.  The National Hurricane Center moves through an alphabetical list throughout the season. Though hurricane season lasts from June 1 to Nov. 30, storms can form at any time. It is not uncommon for a storm to be named before June.

The 2023 names

Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harold, Idalia, Jose, Katia, Lee, Margot, Nigel, Ophelia, Philippe, Rina, Sean, Tammy, Vince and Whitney. Systems are named once they strengthen into tropical or subtropical storms. Categories in order of increasing strength are tropical depression, tropical storm and hurricane (categories 1 through 5). Researchers from Colorado State University in April predicted that this year’s hurricane season would produce slightly fewer storms than average. The researchers called for 13 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 2 major hurricanes thanks to expected development of El Niño conditions in the Pacific later in the year.  The NHC considered extending the official dates for the Atlantic hurricane season after a record-breaking year of activity in 2020.  They ultimately decided to start issuing routine tropical updates on May 15.  There are supplemental names should this list be exhausted: Adria, Braylen, Caridad, Deshawn, Emery, Foster, Gemma, Heath, Isla, Jacobus, Kenzie, Lucio, Makayla, Nolan, Orlanda, Pax, Ronin, Sophie, Tayshaun, Viviana and Will

Welcome to hurricane season!

Hurricane Season begins 1 June