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Aren’t you glad hurricane season is over?

Now you can store those shutters away until June 1 and drink the stash of water.

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season is officially over as of Saturday, Nov. 30. The next National Weather Service predictions don’t come out until May for the June 1, 2020 season.

Dorian was the closest Boca came to a direct hit. The city put out an alert over Labor Day weekend. Then, the county ordered residents off the barrier island. Evacuation zone edict.

The three major hurricanes this season were Dorian, Humberto and Lorenzo, the National Weather Service reported. 

“Dorian tied with three other hurricanes — the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane, 1988’s Hurricane Gilbert and 2005’s Hurricane Wilma. They were the second strongest hurricanes on record in the Atlantic basin for wind,185 mph,” the service said.

The season produced 18 named storms, including six hurricanes. Three were category 3, 4 or 5, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

NOAA’s outlook called for 10 to 17 named storms, five to nine hurricanes and two to four major hurricanes. “That accurately predicted the overall activity of the season,” their assessment said.

“This year marks the fourth consecutive above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. Also this year, five tropical cyclones formed in the Gulf of Mexico. That ties a record with 2003 and 1957 for the most storms to form in that region. Of those, three — Barry, Imelda and Nestor — made landfall in the U.S.,” according to NOAA. 

Dr. Neil Jacobs, acting NOAA administrator, attributed the forecasting expertise to the Global Forecast System model and next-generation environmental satellites.

“This season’s activity ramped up in mid-August during the normal peak of the season, as we predicted,” said Dr. Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

Conditions that favored more, stronger, and longer-lasting storms this year included:

·   Stronger West African monsoon

·   Warmer Atlantic waters

·    Weak vertical wind shear across the western Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico

By the way….Which cyclone names weren’t used in 2019? Tanya, Van and Wendy.


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