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2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season

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2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Tracks (Image Courtesy: NOAA) 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Tracks (Image Courtesy: NOAA)

Thursday marks the end of one of the most active and devastating Atlantic Basin hurricane seasons on record. Powerful storms that at one point seemed to form as soon as the last would dissipate littered the most active season since 2005.

In total, 2017 produced 17 named tropical cyclones. This ties us with 1936 as the 5th most active season since records have been kept. Of the 17 named storms, 10 became hurricanes. Six of those reached “major hurricane” status of Category 3 or higher. Two of those six, reached Category 5 strength with sustained wind speeds of at least 157 mph.

Above: Hurricanes Katia, Irma, and Jose (respectively) all on visible satellite at one time. First time with three simultaneous hurricanes in the Atlantic Basin since 2010 . (Image Courtesy: NOAA)

On top of these impressive stats, the 2017 season came within the top 10 rankings for 16 individual records. This season was the first in nearly 12 years that a major hurricane made a US landfall.

Record Stats1:

Season: 2017 is tied with 1936 as the 5th most active season on record.

Season: 2017 is tied with 1992 and 2003 with most storms in the month of April. (1)

Arlene: Strongest storm to have ever formed in the month of April. (990mb)

Harvey: Costliest Hurricane on Record ($198.6 Billion in Damage)

Harvey: 7th for most tornadoes spawned (54)

Irma: Longest duration of continually sustained winds of 185mph or greater (37 Hours)

Irma: Tied 2nd for strongest sustained (1-min) wind speeds. (185mph)

Irma: 2nd Longest duration as a Category 5 hurricane (3 Days, 3 Hours)

Irma: 3rd easternmost Category 5 hurricane. (Formed 57.7°W)

Irma: 6th strongest landfall pressure. (914mb)

Jose: 6th longest duration as a tropical cyclone. (21 days)

Maria: Tied with Wilma (2005) for fastest intensification from tropical depression to Category 5 hurricane. (54 hours)

Maria: 8th strongest landfall pressure. (917mb)

Maria: Tied for 8th longest duration as a Category 5 storm. (1 Day, 6 Hours)

Maria: 10th strongest hurricane on record based on centralized pressure. (908mb)

Ophelia: Easternmost major hurricane on record forming around 26.6°W and maintaining status east of 20°W

1 - Records are compared to Atlantic Basin storms only.

In total, the storms caused an estimated damage total of $367.56 billion. It was responsible for over 430 deaths. Parts of Puerto Rico and other Caribbean Islands are still without power and water as of writing this post. 

I think I can speak for everyone in saying we're glad this season is coming to a close! Thoughts and prayers to those still feeling the effects of the 2017 hurricane season. 

-Meteorologist Seth Phillips

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