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Although this season has been rather quiet so far, a study released Tuesday shows that the first storms of the Atlantic hurricane season have been firing up about five days earlier per decade since 1979.

Traditionally, the start of the hurricane season is June 1.

The study also found that the first named storm to make U.S. landfall has been trending earlier, by about two days per decade since 1900.

This trend toward earlier onset is likely linked to climate-change-driven warming in the western Atlantic Ocean in spring, the study said, which has also shown an increasing trend during the same period.

Comment: 'Likely linked', that's because even with the multi billions they have ploughed into global warming research they still can't definitively prove it, which is because the whole premise is erroneous: Ozone hole above Antarctica is one of the largest ever, it's still growing, and may be linked to the COOLING stratosphere

Shifts unlikely just 'chance'

"These shifts are unlikely to have been caused by chance or differences in observing technology alone," study lead author Ryan Truchelut, president of private forecasting firm Weather Tiger, told USA TODAY. "These changes are taking place because of a more favorable environment for tropical cyclone formation in the western Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and western Caribbean in the late spring."

Comment: Or, because the same drivers causing the Earth's rotation to speed up, amongst numerous other phenomena, is also effecting hurricane formation?

Tropical cyclones include hurricanes and tropical storms.

"The environmental changes are almost exclusively driven by warming ocean temperatures in this region, and not other environmental changes like shear or humidity," he said.

Season peaks in August, September, October

An average Atlantic season spawns seven hurricanes and peaks in August, September and October, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The season officially begins June 1 and runs through Nov. 30, parameters that were first established in 1965.

"Preseason" storms formed in May each year from 2015 to 2021, according to NOAA. Although the majority of these recent May storms have been rather benign, some have not: "At least 20 deaths have occurred from late May storms since 2012, with about $200 million in total damage, and one of these systems was a 60-knot (70 mph) tropical storm at landfall," according to the World Meteorological Organization.

This trend could soon change the current definition of the North Atlantic hurricane season, and a NOAA panel is currently weighing whether to adjust the current season to start earlier, Truchelut told ABC News.

What's the connection to climate change?

As for a connection to global warming, Truchelut cited the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which has said it's "very likely" that warming sea-surface temperatures in the tropical oceans are driven by human-caused climate change.

Comment: Note the rebranding of 'man-made global warming', to 'climate change', to the 'climate crisis', which was likely done, in part (consciously or not) because it didn't match what people were seeing, such as harsher winters, as well as the attempt to

He also said this trend is likely to continue: "I think that the rate at which the initial Atlantic tropical cyclone formation is shifting earlier ... reasonably may be expected to continue to do so for the next few decades."

The study was published in the peer-reviewed British journal Nature Communications.