2017 Atlantic hurricane season in review — History Made

01 December, 2017, 06:43 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Hurricane season comes to a peaceful end for Cancun Riviera Maya

A fourth storm, Hurricane Nate also made USA landfall, but never reached major hurricane level. "It wasn't just that the longer-range forecasts were good, they were all good".

By the half way point of the 2017 Hurricane Season, we had already seen the number of storms that a typical season averages with 13 named systems as of mid September.

The season stayed extremely active all the way through October.

Major hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria plowed through Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico making this the costliest hurricane season on record.

Category 4 Harvey, the first major hurricane to hit the USA mainland since 2004, set a new US record for rainfall (60.5 inches near Nederland, Texas), the Miami Herald reported.

A trio of major hurricanes hit U.S. soil in 2017.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $615,922,000 to assist with recovery efforts in Florida for areas impacted by Hurricane Irma. One storm even veered as far east as Ireland - underscoring how weird this hurricane season was. NOAA's Climate Prediction Center will release its initial outlook for the season in May.

The terrible hurricane season that we desperately wanted to end in August and then September, but which callously refused, is finally over. "We must continue to work to ensure everyone impacted by this storm can fully recover", Florida Governor Rick Scott said.

-Strongest hurricane to impact the Leeward Islands on record.

Forecasters accessed pre-operational imagery from its new geostationary satellite, GOES-16, to track storms with greater detail than ever before. Harvey devastated the Texas coast for six days with constant heavy rain that caused deadly flooding.

The storms killed at least 441 people and did about $369 billion in damage. This data was used to detect potential hazards that could delay the delivery of emergency supplies and maritime commerce and help the U.S. Coast Guard to make decisions on reopening ports. They also say that the waters of the tropical Atlantic were much warmer than normal and that played a role.

Ophelia weakened from a Category 3 storm as it moved northeast and reached Ireland as a post-tropical storm, where three deaths are attributed to the storm. "Overall, our predicted numbers from our early July and August issue dates for named storm and hurricane formations were relatively close to what was observed, but our early season predictions and our predictions for integrated metrics such as Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) were far too low", said Phil Klotzbach, lead author of the forecast.


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