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First above-normal Atlantic hurricane season since 2012

Today is not only the last day of meteorological fall but is also the last day of the Atlantic tropical season.  For the Atlantic, this was the first above-normal season since 2012. The Atlantic saw 15 named storms during 2016, including 7 hurricanes (Alex, Earl, Gaston, Hermine, Matthew, Nicole, and Otto), 3 of which were major hurricanes (Gaston, Matthew and Nicole). NOAA’s updated hurricane season outlook in August called for 12 to 17 named storms, including 5 to 8 hurricanes, with 2 to 4 of those predicted to become major hurricanes.

NOAA has provided a summary of the season at http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/first-above-normal-atlantic-hurricane-season-since-2012-produced-five-landfalling-us.  You can also read about this eclectic season at Weather Underground here and read the Weather Channel’s list of ten things to remember about the season at https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/hurricane-season-2016-atlantic-recap.

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