Record-setting hurricane season draws to a close
Posted November 26, 2008
The hurricane season for the Atlantic basin draws to a close this weekend, ending on Sunday. NOAA says it was another active season, featuring:
- 16 named storms, of which 8 were hurricanes (5 of those reaching major hurricane status -- Category 3 strength)
- the first time six consecutive named storms made landfall in the US (Dolly, Edouard, Fay, Gustav, Hanna, and Ike)
- the first time three major hurricanes struck Cuba (Gustav, Ike, and Paloma)
- first season to have a major hurricane form in five consecutive months (July, Bertha; August, Gustav; September, Ike; October, Omar; November, Paloma)
The official press release from NOAA is a nice recap of the season.