A Hurricane Season Wrap Up

By: Martha Spencer Email
By: Martha Spencer Email
There is just over two weeks left in the 2008 hurricane season, and while the Wiregrass was spared from any major damage, millions elsewhere were not so lucky.

(AP Photo/NOAA)

When a storm doesn't directly affect someone, it's easy to dismiss this hurricane season as nothing out of the ordinary, but in reality the 2008 hurricane season was the second costliest on record.

This year's estimated tropical season damage cost is around 50 milion dollars. Of the fifteen named storms, five reached at least category three strength, classifying them as major hurricanes.

"We're in a warm cycle in the north atlantic in another 10-12 years thats going to reverse and go back to cooler conditions and less tropical activity on our side of the world." said Chief Meteorologist Oscar Fan.

Aside from being an exceptionally active season, 2008 set many records. Tropical storm Fay was the first storm to make landfall four differing times in Florida. It dumped a record 30 inches of rain in Brevard County before slowly making it's way to the Florida panhandle. Fay wreaked havoc on the United states for nine days.

Fann said, "one of the common characteristics that we had of the storms this year in the north atlantic is most of em blew up of evolved in the western side of the atlantic you didn't see very many that developed on the eastern side and made their way across."

In September hurricane Ike packed tropical storm force winds 550 miles out in diameter and hurricane force winds outwards of 240 miles, classifying it as the largest Atlantic hurricane on record. Additionally, Ike was the third costliest storm to ever hit the United States.

In the United States alone over fifty people were killed from Ike as it converged with another system passing through the midwest.

Also in September, tropical storm Hanna churned up the east coast all the way to Nova Scotia Canada, converting along the way into a cold core extratropical system.

Finally, a powerful Category 4 storm developed in the Caribbean in November. Paloma packed winds upwards of 145 miles per hour, less than three weeks before the end of the season.

"Overall about every 4-5 you'll see a late season cyclone in the atlantic basin." said Fann.

Hurricane season offically ends November 30th.

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