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A Look Back at Hurricane Season

By: Nate Harrington Email
By: Nate Harrington Email

Hurricane season is always a tense time for people along the coastal sections of the country.

But this year, especially along our coast, we haven't had to worry.

Donal Harrigan, NWS Meteorologist says,"It seemed like a much quieter season because most of these storms remained offshore, not making landfall in the U.S."

In fact there were 19 named storms altogether so far this season, and only one, Bonnie, even came close to impacting the Florida coast.

And a big weather player was to thank for preventing hurricanes around here.

"At the beginning of the season we got off to a really slow start. Over our region especially, strong high pressure, surface high pressure was blocking these storms keeping them to the south."

The blocking high kept storms away, but that doesn't mean they weren't out there.

The La Nina effect made sure it was a busy year for hurricane forecasters.

"The wind shear decreased over the Atlantic Ocean so we saw more favorable conditions. Then once we hit September we really saw storms blow up out over the Atlantic."

But, meteorologists say we were fortunate that the storms didn't blow up over us.

"So we've been pretty lucky because it was an active season, just not for landfalls in the U.S.


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