Atlantic hurricane season: Fiery and frustrating

Written by Staff Writer at CNN The Atlantic hurricane season is coming to a close on November 30. In June, CNN asked climate experts, investors and scientists to lay out their predictions for the…

Atlantic hurricane season: Fiery and frustrating

Written by Staff Writer at CNN

The Atlantic hurricane season is coming to a close on November 30.

In June, CNN asked climate experts, investors and scientists to lay out their predictions for the season. They predicted a more active than average season with 15-25 named storms, 10-14 hurricanes and 4-8 intense hurricanes.

2.29.18 refers to the season so far

Recent storm behavior will bring more of the typical activity, according to the Climate Prediction Center, which predicts a 60% chance of an above-normal or just-above-normal season.

2.29.18 refers to the season so far

An animation shows how different types of storms have progressed from June until November 30. Credit: Weather Prediction Center

The hurricane season begins in June and ends on November 30. It can have shorter or longer periods of active or inactive activity.

This year, at least three major hurricanes — Category 3 or above — made landfall. And as of Nov. 30, more than half the season was complete.

1.6% of named storms make landfall in the US. Out of the 184 named storms, 46 hit the Atlantic and North Pacific. Across the Atlantic basin, hurricanes pounded islands from St. Martin in the Caribbean to Antigua in the Eastern Caribbean and the Lesser Antilles. Meanwhile, Europe was struck by deadly storms such as Storm Callum, Atlantic Arthur and Gert in June.

August 10, 2018

Harsh climate conditions are forcing tropical storms to weaken before they can reach the U.S.

Hurricane Florence: Category 4 storm, leaving more than $1 billion in damages in Florida

Subtropical Storm Isaac: 0-category storm, passing north of South Florida

August 31, 2018

A series of extreme highs and lows in the Atlantic allowed summertime storms to gather strength in October. Courtesy NOAA

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