Analysis of the 2017 Hurricane Season

01 December, 2017, 06:44 | Author: Diane Mills
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There were 17 named storms this season, ten of which became hurricanes, and six of which became major hurricanes (category 3 and up). Six of those storms reached major status including Irma, which affected our area.

This season which broke many records brought us Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

The National Hurricane Center reports that the combined strength and duration of tropical storms and hurricanes in 2017 was the fifth-most active on record, behind 1893, 1926, 1933 and 2005.

The 2018 hurricane season will begin on June 1.

And according to research scientists Chuck Watson and Mark Johnson, the storms that came ashore this past season cost more than $200 billion.

"These hurricanes caused an extensive loss of life and property damage in some of our nation's most densely populated regions, and USA auto, home and business insurers are playing a key role as economic first responders".

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The disgusting hurricane season that we desperately wanted to end in August and then September, but which callously refused, is finally over.

Recently, we've seen tropical storms, even hurricanes, either persist or form after November 30. It will go down in the record books as the 5th most active hurricane season on record.

Atlantic tropical storm tracks in 2017.

Harvey made landfall in South Texas on August 25, leading to days of downpours that dumped an unprecedented 152 centimeters (60 inches) of rain. Those records date back to 1851. Few areas along the U.S. Gulf and Southeast coasts as well as the Caribbean were spared from at least indirect effects from the onslaught of storms.

"There are still ways and methods [the Hurricane Center] can improve upon, so the public can understand a bit easier because if you're not in this field, you don't practice this, you don't see this every day, you can get confused", said Dr. Spearo. The storm struck September 20th as a powerful Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 155 miles per hour. The season also included the first two major hurricanes to hit the continental U.S.in 12 years. "The highest wind gust reported in our area was 58 miles per hour in Oconee Co., and the highest rain total was 6.05" in Yancey Co., NC.

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