(MCT) — The mean season has arrived.
During the 10-week stretch from mid-August through October, the most powerful storms tend to form in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. It's also when South Florida is most likely to be struck.
"Almost all South Florida hurricanes and the vast majority of tropical storms have struck our area during these months," said meteorologist Robert Molleda of the National Weather Service in Miami.
Normally, ocean waters heat up and wind shear eases during the heart of the season, allowing tropical systems to form and grow.
The good news this year: Tropical waters should remain cooler than normal and wind shear stronger than normal over the entire Atlantic basin for the remainder of the hurricane season.