Saturday, September 24, 2011

Tropics 2011: An Active Year

This Atlantic hurricane season yields a surprising statistic: 15 named storms in the Atlantic Basin for the 2011 Hurricane Season make this the 10th most active season of all time. Of all time!

Not only that, but only 14 seasons on record have had 15 or more named storms. Those years include:


  • 1887 -- 19 (Would-be) named storms -- They hadn't start naming storms yet back then -- 12 Hurricanes

  • 1933 -- 21 (Would-be) named storms -- 10 Hurricanes

  • 1936 -- 16 (Would-be) named storms -- 7 Hurricanes

  • 1969 -- 18 named storms -- 12 Hurricanes *Including Camille

  • 1995 -- 19 named storms -- 11 Hurricanes *Including Felix and Opal

  • 2000 -- 15 named storms -- 8 Hurricanes

  • 2001 -- 15 named storms -- 9 Hurricanes

  • 2003 -- 16 named storms -- 7 Hurricanes *Including Isabel

  • 2004 -- 15 named storms -- 9 Hurricanes *Including Charley, Frances and Ivan

  • 2005 -- 28! named storms -- 15! Hurricanes *Including Emily, Katrina, Rita and Wilma

  • 2007 -- 15 named storms -- 7 Hurricanes *Including Dean and Felix

  • 2008 -- 16 named storms -- 9 Hurricanes *Including Gustav and Ike

  • 2010 -- 19 named storms -- 12 Hurricanes


And now, 2011. Which includes 15 named storms and 3 Hurricanes, including Irene and Katia.

The most active season on the list is 2005 where from JUNE 8th all the way to JANUARY 7th, 28 named storms, 15 Hurricanes, and 4 Category 5 Hurricanes tore through the Atlantic.



Hurricane season typically comes to an end in November.