Hurricane season 2016 factoids

By Mike Clay, Bay News 9 Chief Meteorlogist
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 1:26 PM EST
  • A total of 78.25 named storm days and 26.25 hurricane days occurred in 2016. Both are the most in an individual Atlantic hurricane season since 2012.

  • Seven hurricanes formed in 2016. This is the first year with above-median hurricane frequency since 2012.

  • Three major hurricanes formed in 2016. This is the first year with at least three major hurricanes since 2011.

  • The 9.75 major hurricane days that occurred in 2016 are the most in a single Atlantic hurricane season since 2010.

  • Alex was the 2nd strongest hurricane on record in January in the Atlantic at 75 knots – trailing only Alice (1955) at 80 knots. 

  • Hermine made landfall in the Big Bend of Florida on September 2 – ending Florida’s record-long hurricane drought at 3966 days.

  • Matthew became the first Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic basin since Felix (2007). It had the 3rd strongest rapid intensification in the Atlantic on record (trailing Wilma in 2005 and Felix in 2007). Matthew was the lowest latitude Atlantic Category 5 hurricane on record - 6th lowest pressure for any Atlantic October on record at 934 mb (trailing Joan, Opal, Mitch, Wilma & Joaquin). Consistent pressure records date back to 1979. More on Matthew: Longest-lived Category 4-5 hurricane in the eastern Caribbean on record. It was the longest-lived major hurricane forming after September 25 on record and longest lasting at any time of year since Ivan (2004). Finally, Matthew was the 1st Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in Haiti since Cleo (1964) - 1st Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in Cuba since Ike (2008) - 1st time on record that a major hurricane has made landfall in Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas.

  • Otto was the latest calendar year Atlantic hurricane on record to make landfall. It did so as a Category 2 in southern Nicaragua.

  • September was the least active since 1914.

  • October was the most active since 1963. This is also the first year since 1963 when October was more active than August and September combined.

  • No major hurricanes made United States landfall in 2016, although Hurricane Matthew came within about 50 miles of breaking this streak. The last major hurricane to make U.S. landfall was Wilma (2005), so the U.S. has now gone eleven years without a major hurricane landfall. The U.S. has never had another eleven-year period without a major hurricane landfall since records began in 1851. This eclipses the previous record of eight years set from 1861-1868.

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