End of 2012 Hurricane Season
Posted by Phil Ferro
Another hurricane season has come and gone as Friday marked the official end to the 2012 season and just like many others, this one was one for the record books. A season that was classified as above average by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration since it produced 19 named storms, of which 10 became hurricanes with 1 becoming a major hurricane.
A season that was filled with a little bit of everything such as storms that developed before the official start of the season to storms that made us wonder how much longer would they be around for. Here are a few odd facts of this season:
- There were 2 storms (TS Alberto & TS Beryl) that formed before the season officially began.
- By late June, the 4th storm of the season had already developed.
- Just as August of 2004, this past August tied the record for most named storms (8 in total) to form during that month.
- Nadine became the 5th longest lived Atlantic tropical/subtropical cyclone lasting a total of 21.75 days.
- No category 4 or 5 hurricanes this season. The only hurricane to achieve major hurricane status was Michael which reached a category 3.
- Finally, there was super storm Sandy which had a unique path making landfall on the eastern seaboard during late October with a central pressure of 946 mb.
However, no one told Mother Nature that the season is over. The National Hurricane Center is currently tracking a broad area of low pressure that has formed over the central Atlantic about 1300 miles ENE of the Leeward Islands. This low is moving north at 10-15 mph and has a 30% chance of further development within the next 48 hours, however, this storm is expected to continue moving over open waters.
Wishing everyone a great weekend!
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