Last updated on March 6, 2018
Cancun, Q.R. — Hurricane season for the Atlantic is officially over as most parts of Mexico breath a sigh of relief.
This year’s Atlantic hurricane season has been noted as hyperactive and extremely destructive with 17 named storms. This has made it the fifth most active season since record keeping began in 1851 and the most active since 2012.
The season also features both the highest total accumulated cyclone energy (ACE) and the highest number of major hurricanes since 2005. All 10 of this season’s hurricanes occurred in a row, making it the greatest number of consecutive hurricanes in the satellite era.
Although the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and NOAA/NCEI have not yet released their official damage estimates for the hurricane season of 2017, it is being called the costliest season on record with damages in excess of $207 billion USD, according to estimates from disaster research scientists Charles Watson Jr. of Enki Holdings, LLC and Mark Johnson of JISC, Inc.
While Mexico’s Pacific suffered several storm setbacks, the Atlantic side recorded only one landed hurricane, which was Katia in September when she made landfall at Veracruz causing flooding and structural damage.
This year was also one of only six years on record to feature multiple Category 5 hurricanes, and only the second to feature two hurricanes making landfall at that intensity. This season was the only year on record in which three hurricanes each had an ACE of over 40, which were Irma, Jose, and Maria.
The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins each June 1 and ends November 30, which is when most tropical cyclones form in the Atlantic basin. However, as shown by Tropical Storm Arlene in April, the formation of tropical cyclones is possible at other times of the year.