As we turn the calendar to December, we mark the end of the Atlantic hurricane season. This isn’t to say a tropical cyclone couldn’t develop at some point, but it’s highly unlikely. NOAA has issued the lowly-anticipated press release no one has waited for, including the following lowlights:
- 9 named storms, 3 hurricanes, 2 major hurricanes (CAT 3+)
- Fewest named storms since 1997
- Only 38 hurricane hunter missions flown compared to 168 last year
- For the first time in three years, no hurricane made landfall in the U.S.
- El Nino is to blame, for the most part
We knew it was a quiet year, but now we have the facts. We likely won’t return to the tropics until next Summer, but there will be plenty of snow and severe storms to hold us over until then.