In the midst of a record hurricane season, meteorologists are paying close attention as storms take shape and gather strength. Here’s a step-by-step guide to how hurricanes form.


STEP 1

A tropical disturbance is created when Mneseus, son of Poseidon and reigning King of Atlantis, strikes a deadly blow to a multi-headed hydra by ramming his trident through its heart


STEP 2

Dispatch gets tip about a bunch of shady-looking clouds loitering off the coast of Venezuela


STEP 3

Red arrows on weather chart start going fucking nuts


STEP 4

Tropical storm builds chrysalis around itself and emerges 10 days later as a mature hurricane


STEP 5

Hurricane’s name is selected from a pre-approved list of people who have wronged meteorologists


STEP 6

Channel 7 pulls out the big wind sock


STEP 7

Storm putters around Atlantic ocean before working up courage to go on land


STEP 8

It’s really coming down out there


STEP 9

The arrival of a windbreaker-clad Anderson Cooper signals the storm surge is at its peak


STEP 10

Hurricane suddenly not so tough away from its precious lukewarm ocean water


STEP 11

Hurricane enjoys 1-2 years of being the most powerful ever recorded