GRAPHIC: October 2017 Tropical Weather Summary Issued By National Weather Service
By Space Coast Daily // November 2, 2017
Atlantic basin activity in 2017 well above average
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE – The National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center released the following October 2017 tropical weather summary for the North Atlantic, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.
Three named storms formed in the North Atlantic basin in October, and two of these became hurricanes, with Ophelia reaching major hurricane strength. Based on a 30-year climatology (1981-2010), activity was above normal in the number of named storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes.
In terms of the Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE), which measures the combined strength and duration of tropical storms and hurricanes, October 2017 was about 40 percent more active than an average October from 1981-2010.
From a seasonal perspective, activity in the Atlantic basin so far in 2017 is well above average. In terms of ACE, the 2017 season is the 5th most active on record to date in the basin, behind 1893, 1926, 1933, and 2005.
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SUMMARY TABLE: Name, Dates, Max Wind
Tropical Storm Arlene, 19-21 Apr, 50 mph
Tropical Storm Bret, 19-20 Jun, 45 mph
Tropical Storm Cindy, 20-23 Jun, 60 mph
Tropical Depression, Four 5- 7 Jul, 30 mph
Tropical Storm Don, 17-18 Jul, 50 mph
Tropical Storm Emily, 31 Jul- 1 Aug, 45 mph
Hurricane Franklin, 6-10 Aug, 85 mph
Hurricane Gert, 13-17 Aug, 105 mph
Major Hurricane Harvey, 17 Aug- 1 Sep, 130 mph
Major Hurricane, 30 Aug-12 Sep, 185 mph
Major Hurricane Jose, 5-22 Sep, 155 mph
Hurricane Katia, 5- 9 Sep, 105 mph
Major Hurricane Lee, 15-30 Sep, 115 mph
Major Hurricane Maria, 16-30 Sep, 175 mph
Hurricane Nate, 4- 9 Oct, 90 mph
Major Hurricane Ophelia, 9-15 Oct, 115 mph
Tropical Storm: Philippe 28-29 Oct 60 mph
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