Believe it or not today, November 30th, marks the official end of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. If I were to write a book on this season it would be titled “Episode 2017: The Atlantic Strikes Back”. After a number of years with relatively little activity the Atlantic roared back to life in 2017 in devastating fashion with the storms spawned setting numerous historical marks. Here are some of the amazing statistics achieved this hurricane season.
- The 2017 hurricane season will go down as the costliest on record – beating out even the horrific 2005 season. Many of us (myself included) are unfortunately a part of this statistic this year.
- Harvey set the record for the highest storm total rainfall in the United States, again a fact many of us can unfortunately attest to.
- Harvey was the first major hurricane (category 3 or higher) to make landfall in the U.S. since 2005.
- Irma’s 185 mph sustained winds were the second strongest for an Atlantic hurricane on record.
- Irma maintaining those 185 mph sustained winds for 37 hours set a global record. This is impressive as many global records regarding strength are held by Pacific storms.
- Irma was the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the open Atlantic (outside of the Carribean or Gulf of Mexico)
- Hurricane Maria at its peak had the 10th lowest air pressure in Atlantic history.
- Maria caused the largest blackout in U.S. history. Plunging 100% of Puerto Rico into darkness.
- Finally, on a positive note, this season was the best The National Hurricane Center has ever had in terms of its forecast accuracy.
A by-product of this year’s fury were some absolutely stunning satellite images. Looking at these images there is no denying that our planet is an amazing place. Lets look at some eyes:
Note: This image was put together and shared with me by Dakota Smith. He is a satellite wizard who puts together amazing images like this on a daily basis. He also has a podcast called The Weather Junkies, which if you are a weather geek you should listen to.
This was truly a season for the record books, the likes of which we hopefully will not see repeated for a long while.
I’ll be back tomorrow with your NFL weather update and some news that WINTER IS COMING.
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