The official start of hurricane season has finally arrived and we're already 2 storms in.
It has now been 2,413 days since Hurricane Wilma made landfall in southwest Florida.
And remember, this "count" is for majors (cat 3 or greater, 111mph/96kts or up) that struck the U.S. mainland.
Granted, there have been other hurricanes since then. Several of them majors (including some Cat 5's).
2005 finished out the season with two more hurricanes:
1. Hurricane Beta
26-31 October 2005
After pounding the island of Providencia, Beta struck a sparsely-settled area of Nicaragua with maximum sustained winds near 90 kt (cat 2).
2. Hurricane Epsilon
29 November – 8 December 2005
Epsilon, the 26th named tropical cyclone of the 2005 hurricane season, developed from a non-tropical upper-level area of low pressure in the central subtropical Atlantic, becoming the second tropical cyclone to do so in this area within the span of a week. It was only the sixth hurricane on record in the month of December. Epsilon’s estimated peak intensity of 75 kt occurred early on 5 December. No landfall.
In 2006, there were 4:
1. Hurricane Florence (updated 4 January 2007):
3 – 12 September 2006
Florence was a category 1 hurricane that brought hurricane conditions to Bermuda. As an extratropical low, it brought hurricane-force winds to portions of Newfoundland.
2. Hurricane Gordon
10-20 September 2006
Gordon was a category 3 hurricane that affected the Azores as a hurricane, causing minimal damage. As an extratropical system it brought heavy rains and high winds to parts of western Europe, causing substantial power outages and at least five injuries. Made it to major, but no US landfall.
3. Hurricane Helene
12-24 September 2006
Helene was a long-lived Cape Verde hurricane that remained at sea and attained category 3. No U.S. landfall.
4. Hurricane Isaac
27 September-02 October 2006
Isaac was a category 1 hurricane that developed over the central Atlantic Ocean. Even though Isaac did not make landfall, it produced tropical storm force winds over portions of southeastern Newfoundland.
So that made the first full season (after Katrina) that had NO United States mainland major landfalls.
What about the next year (2007)?
1. Hurricane Dean
13-23 August 2007
Dean was a classic Cape Verde cyclone that moved through the Caribbean as a major hurricane, passing very close to Jamaica and later making landfall on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula as a category 5 hurricane. Dean, the first Atlantic hurricane since Andrew of 1992 to reach land at category 5 strength, was responsible for 32 deaths. But no US landfall.
2. Hurricane Felix
31 August – 5 September 2007
Hurricane Felix was a small, but powerful, category 5 hurricane that caused major damage in northeastern Nicaragua. Second major of the year, second cat five of the year, and still no US landfall.
3. Hurricane Humberto
12-14 September 2007
Humberto was a short-lived tropical cyclone that made landfall in extreme southeastern Texas as a strong category 1 hurricane. The hurricane is notable for its exceptionally rapid intensification near the coast of Texas from a tropical depression into a hurricane within 19 hours.
Some people would probably want to "reset" the clock, because it WAS a hurricane, and it DID hit Texas.
But the record string is for majors, not just US landfalls.
4. Hurricane Karen (redesignated as a hurricane in the post-season re-analysis)
25-29 September 2007
Karen was briefly a hurricane over the tropical Atlantic. It did not threaten land, and it dissipated just to the east of the Leeward Islands.
5. Hurricane Lorenzo
25-28 September 2007
Hurricane Lorenzo was a category 1 hurricane that made landfall in Mexico south of Tuxpan - in virtually the same location that Hurricane Dean had struck a month earlier.
6. Hurricane Noel
28 October-2 November 2007
Noel took an erratic track across Hispaniola and Cuba as a tropical storm before becoming a hurricane as it exited the northwestern Bahamas. Torrential rainfall from Noel produced devastating floods and loss of life in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, eastern Cuba and the Bahamas. Noel then evolved into a large and powerful extratropical cyclone that brought hurricane force wind gusts to portions of the northeastern United States and eastern Canada.
Thus ends the SECOND full season (after Katrina) that had NO United States mainland major landfalls.
I'll pick up on the next seasons (2008-2011) in the next post.