Ready for hurricane season to officially end? How 2017 ranks

In August, the waters of the equatorial Pacific cooled, quieting powerful western gales that act as a balm to the tropical Atlantic during hurricane season.

The atmosphere took advantage of the lull, whipping quickly into a violent lather that crashed three Category 4 storms into the U.S., created the longest lived 185-mph hurricane in recorded history and drowned Houston in a tropical broth 5-feet deep.

The devastating 2017 hurricane season ends Nov. 30.

Its formidable resume also includes the most named storms since 2012, more than double the normal number of major hurricanes, and an intensity and longevity cyclone score twice as fierce as the 30-year historical mean.

Hurricane Irma satellite image. Irma had 180 mph winds on Sept. 6, 2017.

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Hundreds of people in the U.S. and Caribbean died in storm-related incidents, although a final tally may not be known until the National Hurricane Center completes its storm reviews. Texas officials said in September that about 80 people were killed by Hurricane Harvey. In Florida, 72 people died from Hurricane Irma-related accidents, including five in Palm Beach County, according to the state’s Division of Emergency Management.

Hundreds of people in the U.S. and Caribbean died in storm-related incidents, although a final tally may not be known until the National Hurricane Center completes its storm reviews. Texas officials said in September that about 80 people were killed by Hurricane Harvey. In Florida, 72 people died from Hurricane Irma-related accidents, including five in Palm Beach County, according to the state’s Division of Emergency Management.

It wasn’t just a La Niña-influenced atmosphere that created the hyperactive season, which began with Tropical Storm Arlene in April and wound down with Tropical Storm Rina on Nov. 7.

Abnormally warm sea-surface temperatures and a …

To find out more about why 2017 was such a devastating hurricane season and how strong the storms really were, read the rest of the story on MyPalmBeachPost.com. 

Hurricanes Katia, Irma and Jose all spun simultaneously in September 2017.

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