The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season officially comes to a close todayÃ‚ Ã¢â‚¬“ another active season and one that produced 19 named storms, of which 10 became hurricanes and one became a major hurricane, according to NOAA’s recap.
However, as NOAA says, this year proved itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s wrong to think that only major hurricanes can ruin lives and impact local economies.
Four storms made U.S. landfall this year, including devastating post-tropical cyclone Sandy in New Jersey and Hurricane Isaac in Louisiana.
This season marks the second consecutive year that the mid-Atlantic and Northeast suffered devastating impacts from a named storm. NOAAÃ‚ reminds usÃ‚ that both Sandy, and Irene last year, caused fatalities, injuries, and tremendous destruction from coastal storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, and wind.
A press release cites Laura Furgione, acting director of NOAAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s National Weather Service:
We are hopeful that after the 2012 hurricane season, more families and businesses all along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts become more Ã¢â‚¬Å“weather readyÃ¢â‚¬ by understanding the risks associated with living near the coastline.Ã¢â‚¬
HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season recap in 4.5 minutes, courtesy of NOAA Vizualizations:
Dr. Jeff Masters offers hisÃ‚ take on the season over at Wunderblog.
Additional I.I.I. facts+stats on the season are available here.