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“2017 Hurricane Season Follows Year of Extremes”

The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season was the second longest on record, according to a new study by University of South Florida scientists which was recently published in Geophysical Research Letters.  According to a Florida Climate Institute description, “Lead author Jennifer Collins, PhD, associate professor in the School of Geosciences at the University of South Florida, writes: “Overall 2016 was notable for a series of extremes, some rarely and a few never before observed in the Atlantic basin, a potential harbinger of seasons to come in the face of ongoing global climate change.” The study examines 15 tropical storms, seven hurricanes and three intense hurricanes. The season was slightly above average when considering Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE), which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) uses to measure cyclonic activity.” You can find links to the USF press release and the original paper here.