Deadly 2012 Hurricane Season Finally Over
On November 30, the Atlantic hurricane season mercifully came to an end. As hurricane seasons go, it was active and destructive.
There were 19 named storms. That means 2012 was an above-average year that tied as being the third most-active season since 1851. Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman for the National Hurricane Center, said a persistent jet stream pattern has steered storms away from the U.S. in recent years. It wasn’t enough to keep away Sandy, which morphed from hurricane to superstorm as it slammed into the New Jersey coast in October and wreaked havoc across the Northeast. It left millions without power and killed at least 125 people in the U.S. and 71 in the Caribbean.
Hurricane Isaac struck southern Louisiana in August on the eve of Hurricane Katrina’s seventh anniversary, swamping the Gulf Coast after trudging through the Gulf of Mexico and delaying the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
A typical hurricane season has 12 named storms, six of which become hurricanes and three major storms. This year, 10 storms became hurricanes and just one was a Category 3 or higher, though it remained in the Atlantic Ocean. A word of caution: although the official hurricane season is over, tropical storms can still happen.