Record-Setting 2016 Hurricane Season Comes To An End, 15 Named Storms

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Hurricane Matthew paralleled Florida and Georgia and made landfall in South Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane. Matthew was a Category 5 hurricane in the Caribbean. 

(FOX) – It’s official: The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season wrapped up Wednesday with 15 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes.

It was the busiest Atlantic season since 2012.

On average, there are 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes, so there was an above-average number of named storms and hurricanes in 2016. The slightly above-average season is in line with predictions from NOAA and Colorado State University.

Several storms were strong and long-lived in 2016. When we analyze the total energy output of all tropical systems during the entire hurricane season, or ACE, the number is high is 2016. According to Dr. Klotzbach at Colorado State University the ACE this year is 134. This is double the ACE from 2015.

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