The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1.

With above normal activity expected, it's important to know where tropical systems could form.

What You Need To Know

  • June tropical activity is most likely in the Gulf of Mexico

  • Storms that develop typically move northeastward

  • Only four June hurricanes have made landfall in the U.S. since 1950

Even though systems can form before hurricane season, June is still very early in hurricane season. Tropical systems typically struggle to develop, and those that do usually only strengthen into a disorganized system or weak hurricane.

The most favorable areas for tropical development in June are the Gulf of Mexico, the northern Caribbean Sea and the southwestern Atlantic Ocean, just off the southeastern coast.

Systems that develop typically take a northeastward track. 

Since 1950, only four hurricanes have made landfall in the U.S. during June, all of them along the Gulf Coast. Bonnie and Agnes made landfall as Category 1 hurricanes, while Audrey and Alma strengthened into major hurricanes. 

Development zones expand and tropical activity increases as we get further into summer. 

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