I was interested to determine if there was a clear pattern of tracks for major hurricanes in the Atlantic…so I loaded up all of the best track NHC data going back to the start of the 1988 season.
The interactive chart below shows the position of all storms when they were major hurricanes (category three or higher). Note the full tracks for these storms are not included so as not to clutter up the data display.
It appears there are three distinct clusters. One originates in the Caribbean sea with WNW to NW movement into the Gulf of Mexico. The second is from systems acquiring major status in the western Atlantic, tracking just off the US East Coast. The third is a group of early developing storms that tend to recurve over the open Atlantic.
Take a look at this interactive chart and see if you can see what I am seeing.