World distribution and Paths of Hurricanes

This world map shows the regions where most hurricanes form as well as their principal months of occurrence and the most common tracks they follow. Hurricanes do not develop within about 5 of the equator because the Coriolis force is too weak. Because warm surface ocean temperatures are necessary for hurricane formation, they seldom form poleward of 20 latitude nor over the cool waters of the South Atlantic and the eastern South Pacific.