Today marks the end of hurricane season. Here’s the run down on the year, from NOAA:
November 30 marks the end of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane season, one that produced 19 named storms, of which 10 became hurricanes and one became a major hurricane. The number of named storms is well above the average of 12. The number of hurricanes is also above the average of six, but the number of major hurricanes is below the average of three.
This video, produced by NOAA, shows every hurricane that happened this year:
You can see Superstorm Sandy form at around 3:33 and sweep up the Eastern coast of the United States. NOAA says that Sandy taught meteorologists a few things:
“This year proved that it’s wrong to think that only major hurricanes can ruin lives and impact local economies,” said Laura Furgione, acting director of NOAA’s National Weather Service. “We are hopeful that after the 2012 hurricane season, more families and businesses all along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts become more “weather ready” by understanding the risks associated with living near the coastline. Each storm carries a unique set of threats that can be deadly and destructive. Mother Nature reminded us again this year of how important it is to be prepared and vigilant.”
NOAA will release its 2013 predictions in May.
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