Wrapping Up the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season
That’s a wrap on the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season and it was an active one.
Saturday is the official end of the season, which produced a high number of named storms including tropical storms and hurricanes. The initial forecast from the National Hurricane Center called to 9 to 15 named storms, 4 to 8 hurricanes, and 2 to 4 major hurricanes of category 3 or higher. In Early August, they upped the ante calling for 10 to 17 named storms, 5 to 9 hurricanes, and 2 to 4 major hurricanes.
Well the numbers are in, and again it was a busy one. We had 18 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes. The strongest hurricane was Dorian, which devastated parts of the Bahamas. Dorian had maximum winds of 183 miles per hour and reached Category 5 status. It’s estimated to have left over 8-billion dollars in damage.
The continental United States were impacted by 7 storms, including Dorian. The most impactful was Tropical Storm Imelda. Imelda was a tropical storm for only 90 minutes before making landfall. However because it was such a slow moving storm, it produced a tremendous amount of rain in southeast Texas. Preliminary estimates show that it was the costliest storm out of the tropics to impact the United States.
Other storms to impact Texas include Tropical Storm Fernand, and Hurricane Barry.
Now even though the “hurricane season” is over, it’s definitely possible to get storms in the winter months. The latest a storm ever developed… that eventually became a hurricane, was Hurricane Janet, which developed on December 30 of 1955.