As hurricane season approaches, many of you may be wondering how tropical storms and hurricanes form and what factors are important in determining when and where they develop as well as how they move. Here are a couple of articles that give good descriptions of how hurricanes form listed below. I have also included a link to NOAA’s interactive hurricane database in case you want to see what storms have come near your location in the past.

Weather Underground blog: Why Tropical Waves Are Important During Hurricane Season

University of Arizona: Making a TC–the “ingredients” that support tropical cyclone formation

NOAA Historical Hurricane Tracks

Terra MODIS image of Hurricane Matthew from Oct. 7, 2016. SPACE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING CENTER (SSEC), UW–MADISON