The months of June through November, commonly known as the Atlantic hurricane season, historically mark the time of the year when the greatest amount of tropical cyclones appear in the Northern Hemisphere’s Atlantic basin – bringing a host of dangerous weather to the United States’ eastern coast. Affected areas include the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. While preseason reports predicted a near-normal season, NOAA forecasters tracking oceanic and atmospheric patterns indicate that circumstances are now more likely to manifest above-normal hurricane activity. Two named storms have formed so far this year and the peak months of the hurricane season are now underway. Bi-weekly forecasts are also available through Colorado State University’s Tropical Meteorology Project here.