Where Every Hurricane Has Hit the U.S. Since 1985 (MAPS)

Jonathan Belles and Brian Donegan
Published: April 21, 2019

An examination of monthly hurricane strikes (hurricanes that either directly made landfall in the United States or produced hurricane-force winds in the U.S. on land) since 1985 reveals a few interesting trends:

  • The peak of hurricane season contains the most hurricane strikes by a landslide. More than 60 percent of the hurricane strikes come during August and September. The traditional peak of hurricane season is Sept. 10.
  • The season hurricane-strike activity is fairly symmetric, with 44 percent of the strikes occurring in June, July and August and 56 percent of the strikes occurring in September, October and November. There was one strike in both June and November, while July has seen eight strikes and October has recorded 11 strikes.
  • Hurricanes predominately strike from the southeast in the first four months of the season, and then from the southwest in October and November. These late-season hurricanes were likely guided in by cold fronts that dropped in from the north.
Most hurricane strikes occur between Aug. 21-31 (1985-2018).
  • The most active period for hurricane strikes during a given third of any month has occurred in the last third of August. Nine hurricane strikes occurred between Aug. 21-31 since 1985. This doesn't completely coincide with the peak of hurricane season, which occurs in September.


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