March 7, 2014
Today is officially the last day of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
This year we saw a total of 19 tropical storms and seven of those became hurricane.
Three of those hurricanes became major hurricanes. Meaning they were a category three or higher.
NOAA's forecast from this year's hurricane season was pretty much right on the money, seeing as how we were expecting an above average season.
Hurricane Irene was the biggest trouble maker for the US, and the only hurricane to hit the states this year. The Valley was not immune from Irene, although the effects could have been much worse.
A day of wind and a light steady rain was pretty much all the Valley received. But it was also a reminder that hurricanes can hit ANYWHERE and just because we live a bit inland, we are not immune from the effects of a major storm.
Although forecasting accuracy of hurricanes have greatly improved, it is something we still continue to try to improve.
NOAA will issue its initial outlook for the 2012 hurricane season in May, and the official start of the season is on June 1.