Why Is This Hurricane Season So Bad?

From the weather team at the WashPost.: Harvey. Irma. Maria. Why is this hurricane season so bad?

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2 Responses to Why Is This Hurricane Season So Bad?

  1. recoverydiva says:

    I would note that in recent years, because of the increase in populations living in risky areas and in the increased investment in structures in those areas, the losses are greater.

  2. Avagene Moore, CEM says:

    Quoting from Wikipedia: The 1880s were the most active decade for the United States, with a total of 25 hurricanes affecting the nation. By contrast, the least active decade was the 1970’s, with a total of only 12 hurricanes affecting the American coastline. A total of 33 seasons on record passed without an Atlantic hurricane affecting the country—the most recent of which was the 2015 season. Seven Atlantic hurricanes affected the country in the 1886 season, which was the year with the most United States hurricanes. Of course, this year is not over.

    Records go back to 1951. Seasons with the most major hurricanes, 1851 – Present
    Rank Year # of Major Hurricanes
    1. 1950 8
    2. 2005 7
    3. 1999 6
    4. 1996 6
    5.. 1964 6
    6. 1961 6
    7. 1955 6
    8. 1933 6
    9. 1926 6
    The 1933 Atlantic hurricane season was the second most active Atlantic hurricane season on record, with 20 storms forming in the northwest Atlantic Ocean. The season ran through the summer and the first half of fall in 1933, with activity as early as May and as late as November. A tropical cyclone was active for all but 13 days from June 28 to October 7.

    Of the 20 storms during the season, 11 attained hurricane status. Six of those were major hurricanes, with sustained winds of over 111 mph (179 km/h). Two of the hurricanes reached winds of 160 mph (260 km/h), which is a Category 5 on the modern Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. The season produced several deadly storms, with eight storms killing more than 20 people. All but 3 of the 20 known storms affected land at some point during their duration. The 1933 season was the most active of its time, surpassing the previous record-holder of 19 storms in 1887.

    The Great Galveston Hurricane in 1900 was a Category 4 storm, with winds of up to 145 mph (233 km/h), which made landfall on September 8, 1900, in Galveston, Texas. It killed 6,000 to 12,000 people, making it the deadliest hurricane and natural disaster in U.S. history.

    Alas! We never learn. We continue to build on the coast. No doubt the cost in lives lost and destruction of property is always traumatic. However, if the numbers are adjusted for inflation, changes in population and wealth in today’s coastal counties, we will see that the cost of recent hurricanes, as well as all disasters, is hyper-inflated and is not a true indicator of the magnitude or severity of the storms.

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