Wrapping Up Another Active Hurricane Season

The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season officially comes to a close today  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 it’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. NOAA  reminds us  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 NOAA’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 “weather ready† by understanding the risks associated with living near the coastline.†

Here’s the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season recap in 4.5 minutes, courtesy of NOAA Vizualizations:

Dr. Jeff Masters offers his  take on the season over at Wunderblog.

Additional I.I.I. facts+stats on the season are available here.

 

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