The Atlantic Hurricane Season of 2017 was busy, expensive, devastating, and deadly. Even as it closes, on November 30, people and communities continue recovery and rebuilding in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and in many other islands/countries of the Caribbean.
There were 17 named storms this year. Of those, 10 became hurricanes. Six of those became major hurricanes (category 3 or above). Two of the hurricanes reached category 5 status. Here’s a list of the storms and maximum winds.
One way that meteorologists measure tropical storm activity is by how much energy the storms use. You might hear of ACE– that’s Accumulated Cyclone Energy. ACE accounts for the changes in strength over the full lifespan of a tropical cyclone (tropical storm or hurricane). Using that measure, this was the 7th most active hurricane season since the middle 1800s.
NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center counts at least 119 tornadoes spawned by tropical storms and hurricanes this year in the mainland US. Many
were far removed from the center track, and some were as far north at Ohio and Pennsylvannia. That’s the most tornadoes from tropical weather in the last 9 years.
See the hurricane season summary with many statistics from NOAA.
The USAF Reserve Hurricane Hunters have a unique perspective here.
Detailed reports for each tropical storm or hurricane will be added here, by the National Hurricane Center.
While the Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30, it is possible for a tropical depression, tropical storm, or even a hurricane to form outside of those calendar dates.