|MadSci Network: Earth Sciences|
Not only do tropical storms and hurricanes move into the Gulf of Mexico from the Carribbean and Atlantic, they also form in the Gulf. In fact, early in the hurricane season, which runs from June through November in the Atlantic basin, the Gulf of Mexico is a favored area for tropical storm formation. As the summer goes on, the area favored for formation shifts to the Carribbean and Atlantic, then late in Ocober back towards the Gulf of Mexico. Check out the images on this page from the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Lake Charles Lousisiana and this one on Tropical Cyclone Probabilities from the National Weather Service Scientific Services division.
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