Weather Facts

When does the Cape Verde season begin?

The Cape Verde season, which is when tropical cyclones form in the Eastern Atlantic, begins around the 15th of August. At that time, upper-level winds and sea surface temperatures usually are right for storm development. Since these storms move across a large part of the Atlantic, they can become monster storms as they move westward. However, sometimes they turn harmlessly out to sea if there is a weakness in the vast high pressure system that extends to the stormís north. Other times, they move towards the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, or the East Coast of the U.S.