With help from data collected by the GOES 13 weather satellite, NOAA has put together this video showing the entire 2010 Atlantic Hurricane season summed up in a four-minute video. The video shows infrared imagery for the extent of the official season from June 1 through November 30.
Being termed the ‘gentle giant’, the 2010 Hurricane Season was just that; giant in the sense that it had the third highest number of named storms, and gentle in the sense that the U.S. was spared any landfall from a major storm. Here are some details from NOAA’s summary of the 2010 Atlantic Hurricane season:
In the Atlantic Basin a total of 19 named storms formed – tied with 1887 and 1995 for third highest on record. Of those, 12 became hurricanes – tied with 1969 for second highest on record. Five of those reached major hurricane status of Category 3 or higher.
These totals are within the ranges predicted in NOAA’s seasonal outlooks issued on May 27 (14-23 named storms; 8-14 hurricanes; 3-7 major hurricanes) and August 5 (14-20 named storms; 8-12 hurricanes; 4-6 major hurricanes). An average Atlantic season produces 11 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes.