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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published May 31 2013

Weather Talk: Overall, US has been in hurricane drought

Today marks the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season. The tropical season in the northern Atlantic runs from June 1 through Nov. 30. Although tropical systems can develop outside of that time period, the vast majority of tropical systems do develop during those six months.

Hurricane Sandy continues to make news to this day as coastal residents in New Jersey and New York work to recover, but, overall, the United States has been in a hurricane drought for the past several years.

Florida, for instance, has gone seven years without a land-falling hurricane, and the United States as a whole has not had a major hurricane (Category 3 or higher) come on shore since 2005.

Both of those are the longest such periods since at least the Civil War. This upcoming tropical season has potential to be a busy one with many factors favorable for hurricane development, so both streaks could be in jeopardy.

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