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Are Hurricanes Getting More Out Of Control?

by Jarred Sadler

Since the year 2000, it seems that steamy storms and hurricanes are stirring more frequently, and with more intensity. Are hurricanes actually increasing in number and severity or decreasing? There are many opinions within the scientific community. To form your own judgment, it’s valuable to examine the number and types of storms we’ve experienced in this decade.

The first year of the new millennium saw a total of 4 stifling depressions, 7 humid storms, and 8 hurricanes. The most significant storm of the 2000 flavor was Hurricane Keith, which caused copious fatalities and was blamed for large amounts of injury in Belize, Nicaragua, and Honduras.

The 2001 term was a strange year, with no storms actually making landfall in the United States. However, even although the hurricane eye never came over U.S. soil, Hurricane Allison still caused widespread flooding in Houston, Texas. Hurricane Iris caused death and serious injuries when it made landfall in Belize as a Category 4 storm. Hurricane Michelle was also a spartan storm, causing loss of life and serious injuries in Jamaica, Cuba, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

The Longest Month
During the first 21 days of September 2002, there were 8 newly shaped storms which made that month seem the longest.

The 2003 Atlantic hurricane period was another evidence-tide. Traditionally, the twister time runs from June 1 through November 30. However, in 2003, Storm Ana twisted on April 20th, which launched the spell early for the first time in fifty years. During 2003, there were 21 stifling cyclones, 16 of which shaped into named storms and 7 of which reached typhoon repute. The strongest of these was Hurricane Isabel, which formed near the Lesser Antilles and landed in South Carolina as a Category 2 whirlwind. Isabel caused $3.6 billion in damage to property and was blamed for 51 deaths in the Mid Atlantic locality of the United States.

Hurricanes Clear Into December
The 2004 typhoon spell was another total year, with hurricanes clear into December. Hurricane Otto was responsible for this addition, with the storm lasting into the December. 2004 was also prominent as one of the most costly and deadly, with 3,132 deaths and gruffly $50 billion U.S. dollars in spoil caused by hurricanes and sultry storms.

The 2005 Atlantic tornado term was noted as “most active,” with 5 storms making U.S. landfall: Dennis, Emily, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. The most catastrophic property damage of the period was felt in New Orleans and neighboring areas of the Louisiana coast like Biloxi, Mississippi when a 30-bottom storm surge from Hurricane Katrina caused widespread flooding and deaths.

The 2006 Atlantic hurricane period was much less active than 2005. Like 2001, it was an uncommon year in that no hurricanes actually made U.S. landfall.

In 2007, the spell was off to an early birth with the formation of subtropical storm Andrea on May 9, 2007. The season also ran dead that year, with tropical storm Olga developing on December 11, after the season was officially over. Overall harm was estimated at $7.5 billion U.S. dollars, and the casualty toll was recorded at 416. Also noteworthy is the actuality that 2007 was one of four existence that had more than one Category 5 storm. 2007 was also the trice season on video in which more than one storm made U.S. landfall on the same day (Felix and Henrietta).

Are hurricanes and other tropical storms trending weaker? Much of the U.S. storm history might deem so, particularly with the shock of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which made headlines for many months after the storm. In fact, to this day, New Orleans has still not totally recovered from that storm.

Are We Getting Used To Hurricanes?
On the contrary, are tropical storms actually becoming more everyday and more rigorous? We’re don’t know yet. One thing we do know is that scientific notation-custody is far more accurate today than it was some fifty living ago. Only time will tell what hurricanes may do in sicceeding years. Meantime, we can learn from the former by preparing ourselves for the coming.