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Florida Legislator Wants A Longer Hurricane Season, At Least On Paper

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U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Winter Park, sent a letter to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration requesting that the start of the official hurricane season be in mid-May.

Even though the six-month Atlantic hurricane season lasts as long as a typical Major League Baseball season, a Florida congresswoman thinks it needs to be longer.

U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Winter Park, on Wednesday sent a letter to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration requesting that the start of the official hurricane season be in mid-May.

The current season goes from June through November. But Murphy says there has been at least one named storm before June 1 in each of the past six years.

In 2020, three tropical storms -- Arthur, Bertha and Cristobal -- formed in mid-May and the beginning of June.