FACT CHECK: Do Hurricanes Now Occur In ‘All Seasons’? [VIDEO]

Holmes Lybrand | Fact Check Editor at The Daily Caller News Foundation

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Katy Tur suggested that hurricanes no longer occur in “all seasons” during an interview with Louisiana Governor John Edwards on MSNBC Tuesday.


Verdict: True/False

While extremely rare, hurricanes in the Atlantic can occur outside of what is known as hurricane season.

But Tur’s insinuation that this is a new development is incorrect.

Fact Check:

In the Atlantic Ocean, hurricane season transpires from June 1 to November 30. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has said that there is “nothing magical in these dates,” but that they are chosen due to the high frequency of hurricanes in those six months. As noted by NOAA, hurricane season was “selected to encompass over 97% of tropical activity.”

Tur also suggested that there may not be a hurricane season “any longer.”

“Governor, we’re just in August. Hurricane season, if you want to say there is a hurricane season any longer because we see these things in all seasons, lasts for a couple more months,” Tur said.

Contrary to what Tur suggested, hurricanes in the Atlantic have occurred outside of the official season ever since humans have kept a record of these events.

Tur is correct that hurricanes in the Atlantic occur outside of the official season, but she is wrong to suggest that this is a new phenomenon.

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Holmes Lybrand

Fact Check Editor at The Daily Caller News Foundation


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