Hazard a Guess? The riskiest science quiz you will ever take!

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During what months is hurricane season typically recognized along the Atlantic Coast?

  1.  March — August
  2.  May — October
  3.  June — November

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Hurricane Sandy Impacts
Oblique aerial photographs of Seaside Heights, New Jersey, before and after Hurricane Sandy impacts shows coastal change on a developed coastline. Photo Credit: USGS


The correct answer is June – November. Hurricanes are of most concern during the months of June – November, but storms can occur outside of that period in any given year. Before, during and after hurricanes or tropical storms affecting the United States, the USGS measures the height and intensity of the storm surge; monitors water levels and flows of inland rivers and streams; assesses impacts to water quality and coastal ecosystems; and, where substantial impacts are anticipated, forecasts coastal change that may be caused by the storm.

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