Atlantic Hurricane Season: Recapping the Season

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The end of November marks the official end of Atlantic hurricane season - 97% of tropical cyclone activity occurs in the six-month between June and November. That year included 28 named storms, 15 ended up being hurricanes.

Into early September and nearing the peak of the season (Sept 10-11), three hurricanes were in progress...two of which were category 4 status (Irma and Jose).

-Strongest hurricane to impact the Leeward Islands on record.

Harvey alone dumped an estimated 27 trillion gallons of rain over Texas and Louisiana, while Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico.

Alex was the strongest January Atlantic hurricane on record, packing 85 miles per hour peak winds before its weaker landfall in the Azores as a tropical storm. All but one of these systems went on to develop into a tropical storm or hurricane.

It was the most expensive hurricane season on record, and almost all of which was due to three of the season's major hurricanes - Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

The season was "extremely active", to use the National Hurricane Center's technical term.

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With this hurricane season being the most active, it was also the most expensive season on record, with $202.6 billion in damages.

This season showed that there can be an active season in which numerous storms make landfall and there can be an active season where most of the storms stay over water, such as in 2012. "It broke many a record, including the continental US rain record - it produced over 51" of rain in its lifespan.

The Atlantic saw a record 10 consecutive hurricanes this season - tying a record set in 1893.

The season began with Tropical Storm Arlene, which was only the second tropical storm observed in April since the use of satellites in weather data collection.

37 hours with wind speeds of 185 mph.

It was a nightmare of a season that brought 17 named storms, 10 of them hurricanes. "Overall, both withstood the storm considering the damage to other areas of the Caribbean". That hurricane stayed stationary over coastal Texas and led to one of the worst flooding events in the U.S.

Tropical Storm Norma was the only Pacific mission flown by the Hurricane Hunters this season and quickly moved out to sea.