Post-2000 Major Hurricane Formation Distribution

Plotted in the following map (background from Google Satellite) are the formation locations of all category 3+ hurricanes since 2000 exclusive that dealt sufficient damage to have their name retired. Typically through history, the strongest of hurricanes in the Atlantic form around the western coast of Africa (and are called Cape Verde Type Hurricanes); as they move west, they can gradually build a significant amount of strength in warm ocean water before reaching land. Recently, with significantly increased warmth of ocean water in general, more and more strong hurricanes have been forming further west—hurricanes for which there is less time to prepare for.

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