As a reminder, the “Coastal” in Coastal Carolina Research Center is true. Our main research facility in Mt. Pleasant is literally within a short 5 minute drive to two barrier islands, Sullivan’s Island and the Isle of Palms, on the East Coast. Therefore, if you are monitoring during “hurricane season” you need to be mindful of any tropical activity in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, while making your travel arrangements.
National Hurricane Center
June/July generally marks the beginning of hurricane season but historically we see little activity during these months. August generally produces a significant increase of tropical activity. September is the peak of hurricane season as the sea surface temperature is usually at its warmest. In September 1989, Hurricane Hugo was the last massive Category 5 hurricane that hit the Charleston area causing loss of life and extensive property damage. In October hurricane and tropical storm conditions diminish somewhat, but activity is not uncommon. Typically during October, formation shifts to the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. November is considered the final month of hurricane season and historically we have had few hurricanes.
So again this is just a friendly reminder to plan ahead.