January 23rd, 2009

2008 Atlantic Basin Recap

Posted at 12:55 AM ET

North Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Review: Sixteen tropical storms formed during the 2008 season, compared to the 1950 to 2007 average of 9.7, an increase of 65 percent. The season also witnessed the first tropical cyclone ever to make four landfalls in one state (i.e., Hurricane Fay, impacting Florida).

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Tropical Cyclones Making U.S. Landfall: Six tropical cyclones made landfall in the United States in 2008. Edouard, Fay, and Hanna made U.S. landfall as tropical storms, while Dolly, Gustav, and Ike came ashore as Category 2 hurricanes.

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Synonpses of Significant Tropical Cyclones in 2008: Of the 16 named storms in 2008, eight went on to make landfall in the United States and Caribbean and cause significant levels of damage.

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Atlantic Basin Tropical Cyclone Forecasts for 2009: On December 10, 2008, Philip J. Klotzbach and William M. Gray at Colorado State University released their forecast for the 2009 season, making predictions for somewhat above-average activity in the North Atlantic basin (based on the average 1950 to 2000 season).

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