Today is the last day of the 2011 Hurricane Season. It begins on the first day of June, and it ends on the last day of November (or MoVember, as it is now known). This season has been more active than a typical hurricane season. We had 19 tropical storms, of those... 7 became hurricanes... of those... 3 became major hurricanes (category 3 or higher). Here are some of the stats:
7 HURRICANES: 6 is the average. Hurricane Irene was a category 1 (85mph winds) when it made landfall in North Carolina in August. This is the first time a hurricane has made landfall in the U.S. since Hurricane Ike hit Texas in 2008.
3 MAJOR HURRICANES: 2 is the average. A major hurricane has winds of 111mph (category 3) or greater. A major hurricane has not made landfall in the U.S. in 6 years. The last one to do so was Wilma in 2005.
Watch the entire 2011 Hurricane Season in just 4 minutes and 30 seconds. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fX7Q-0QuID4
By the way... just in case you're keeping track... we are now the 3rd wettest year on record for Louisville. Yesterday's rain totaled 0.19" putting us at 62.81 for the year so far. That puts us in third place, and we still have one more month to go! We are less than an inch from second place, and we are about 1.8" from first!