Active 2017 Atlantic hurricane season finally ends

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Storm predictions match or exceed actual storms during the 2017 hurricane season. (NOAA)

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2017–Nov. 30 marked the official end of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.

The season produced 17 named storms beginning with preseason Tropical Storm Arlene in April.

Of the 17 named storms, 10 became hurricanes including six major hurricanes–Category 3, 4 or 5–including the first two major hurricanes, less than a month apart, to hit the continental U.S. in 12 years.

At its peak, the season produced three hurricanes at one time in the Atlantic basin, unusual, but not unheard of.

This season was the seventh most active in the historical record dating to 1851 and was the most active season since 2005, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Three devastating major hurricanes made landfall this year: Category 4 Harvey in Texas; Irma in the Caribbean as a Category 5 storm before hitting the southeastern U.S. as a Category 4 storm; and Maria in the Caribbean and Puerto Rico as a strong Category 4 storm.

Harvey was also the first major hurricane to hit the U.S. since Wilma struck Florida in October 2005.

Although the Florida peninsula felt Hurricane Irma’s force, the western Florida panhandle made it through the season with little overall hurricane impact.

Additionally, four other storms hit the United States, including Cindy in Texas, Emily and Phillipe in Florida, and Nate in Mississippi.

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This season came within four named storms before completing the list. The last time the list was completely used was 2005, the year of Hurricane Katrina, with named 28 storms. (NOAA)

“This was a hurricane season that wouldn’t quit,” said Dr. Timothy Gallaudet, acting NOAA administrator. “The season started early with a storm in April and the peak of the season featured an onslaught of 10 successive hurricanes.”

And even though this season just ended, Gallaudet is quick to point out that the 2018 season is only six months away.

“In six short months, the next hurricane season will be upon us,” he said. “This is a good time to review and strengthen your preparedness plans at home as we continue to build a Weather-Ready Nation.”

The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1 and NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center will provide its initial seasonal outlook in May.

Staff and NOAA news release

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