The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has published an article reminding partners that tropical storm activity can happen anytime, not just between during the official period of the Atlantic hurricane season from June 1 to November 30. In 2016, for example, Hurricane Alex formed in January. And about this time two years ago, the National Hurricane Center was issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Arlene. In fact, tropical storms have formed in every month outside of hurricane season, and there have been a few hurricanes, too. While it’s unusual, all it takes is the right combination of atmospheric conditions and warmer ocean waters for a tropical cyclone to form. The bottom line is don’t get lulled into a sense of complacency based on the calendar. Stay informed, have your hurricane plan in place, and be ready to take action when necessary. Read the article at NOAA.