“Just stop already please,” hurricane expert says about busy September

With two hurricanes swirling and one week left in the month, September is already in the record books as the busiest month for tropical cyclones since the satellite era began.

According to Phil Klotzbach, a hurricane researcher at Colorado State University, the strength and longevity of September’s storms even outstrips the same month during the active 2004 hurricane season.

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Klotzbach is measuring based on so-called accumulated cyclone energy, or ACE, which is an approximation of the wind energy used by a tropical system over its lifetime.

Klotzbach noted that before satellites were in use, the amount of ACE was likely underestimated.

Still, September’s burliness is impressive. All of 2016 created just 141 of ACE.

“The Atlantic has already generated 40.25 hurricane days in 2017 – the most for a full Atlantic season since 2005,” Klotzbach said in a Tweet.

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There have been five hurricanes this month including Irma, Jose, Katia, Lee and Maria.

Lee, which dissipated, but then reformed Friday in the far-off Atlantic, is no threat to land.

Maria is a Category 1 storm expected to skirt the Outer Banks of North Carolina where tropical storm watches and warnings have been issued.

Eric Blake, a scientist with the National Hurricane Center, expressed a feeling many probably share at this point when he Tweeted a plea to “Just stop already please.”

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