The 2011 Atlantic hurricane season officially comes to a close today and as we reflect on what was another active season, hereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a recap by the numbers, courtesy of NOAA.
Note to readers: NOAAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s totals include a post-storm upgrade of Tropical Storm Nate to hurricane status, and the addition of a short-lived unnamed tropical storm that formed in early September between Bermuda and Nova Scotia:
1: Irene was the only hurricane to make landfall in the United States in 2011 and the first to do so since Ike struck southeast Texas in 2008.
19: The total number of tropical storms this season, representing the third-highest total (tied with 1887, 1995 and 2010) since records began in 1951.
7: The number of tropical storms that became hurricanes in 2011, including three major hurricanes.
2005: The last year a major hurricane (Category 3, 4, or 5 with top winds of 111mph and greater) hit the U.S.
A few additional facts from other sources:
$4.3 billion: Estimated insured damages caused by Hurricane Irene, according to ISO as of November.
$52.1 million: The value of flood losses paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) due to Hurricane Irene as of mid-November.
Also check out Dr. Jeff MastersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Wunderblog for an excellent recap of the season.
And hereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season in 4.5 minutes, via YouTube and NOAAVizualizations: