PHOTO-GOES 16 full disk image of hurricanes Katia, Irma and Jose captured September 8 2017. Image credit: NOAA
Thursday marked the official end of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, which spans from June 1 to November each year.
The 2017 season produced 17 named storms of which 10 became hurricanes including six major hurricanes (greater than Cat 3) – including the first two major hurricanes to hit the continental U.S. in 12 years.
According to NOAA, 2017 marked the seventh most active season since records began in 1851, and the most active season 2005. This claim is based on the Accumulated Cyclone Energy index, which measures the combined intensity and duration of the storms during the season and is used to classify the strength of the entire hurricane season.
For NOAA’s National Hurricane Center, the season was also record-setting setting for the accuracy of forecasts, with the track forecasts for the three most damaging hurricanes being about 25 percent more accurate than average.
The season included three devastating major hurricanes making landfall. These storms included Harvey in Texas, Irma in the Caribbean and southeastern U.S., and Maria in the Caribbean and Puerto Rico.
Harvey was also the first major hurricane to hit the U.S. since Wilma struck Florida in October 2005. Additionally, four other storms hit the U.S., including Cindy in Texas, Emily and Phillipe in Florida, and Nate in Mississippi.
“This was a hurricane season that wouldn’t quit,” said retired Navy Rear Adm. Timothy Gallaudet, Ph.D., acting NOAA administrator. “The season started early with a storm in April and the peak of the season featured an onslaught of ten successive hurricanes. NOAA forecasters rose to this challenge to keep emergency officials and the public aware of anticipated hazards.”
“In six short months, the next hurricane season will be upon us,” added Gallaudet. “This is a good time to review and strengthen your preparedness plans at home as we continue to build a Weather-Ready Nation.”
Without further ado, here is the entire 2017 Atlantic hurricane season captured by the NOAA’s GOES-East Satellite and condensed into a four minute video:
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