November hurricanes are the rogues of the season, scofflaws loitering in an atmosphere trying to put the tropics to bed.
Nicknames such as “Wrong Way Lenny” and the “Yankee” cast them as outlaws, unpredictable creations steered by autumn weather patterns more accustomed to carrying arctic air south and pushing the first cold fronts through Florida.
While November tropical cyclones are unusual — 165 years of records reflect 76 hurricanes or tropical storms rearing up during the 11th month of the year — they can still pack a punch.
Eight storms have walloped Florida, including two hurricanes.
With sea-surface temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico and western Caribbean as much as 5 degrees above normal in late October, hurricane experts warned that 2017’s fertile Atlantic hurricane season may extend into Thanksgiving.
Hurricane season lasts June 1 through Nov. 30. This year has spawned 16 named storms, including ten hurricanes and five major hurricanes of category 3 or higher. An average season has 12 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes.
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