Hurricane season officially kicks off tomorrow (June 1) in the Atlantic basin (Atlantic... Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea) and the forecast is for an active to very active season this year.
I usually remind people that its only a bad year if we actually get hit by a hurricane... you can have 20 named storms in the Atlantic... and if none make landfall the season really hasn't been all that bad. But suppose... you only have 10 named storms in a season but 5 of them make landfall in the United States. In perspective... its a much worse season.
Of course... the strongest storms are major hurricanes... rated category 3 or higher on the Saffir Simpson scale. Here is a very interesting statistic related to major hurricane strikes... the last major hurricane to strike the United States was Wilma back in 2005!
To put streak in perspective we had 7 Major Hurricanes make landfall in United States during the 2004 and 2005 seasons alone!
Will we continue record streak of no landfalling Major United States hurricanes this season? Lets hope so!!!
For a chronological list of all continental United States hurricanes from 1851 to 2012... check out this link..... http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/hurdat/All_U.S._Hurricanes.html
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