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Hurricane season ends; no major hurricanes hit the US in the last 3,326 days

November 30 marks the end of the hurricane season in the North Atlantic Ocean.  The map below summarizes all of the storm paths this year.  Only one storm hit the US: Hurricane Arthur over the 4th of July weekend.  The lack of tropical systems this year was one of the main reasons for the development of drought in the Southeast this summer, in spite of relatively cool conditions.

An article in Gawker also describes the lack of a major hurricane (Saffir-Simpson scale 3 or higher) and why that means increased risk along the coast when one finally does make landfall.  You can read that story here.

Source: NOAA

Source: University of Miami/RSMAS