Tropics: Number of Named Storms This Year, Just in Case You Were Curious
So far this year there have been 13 names tropical systems to form in the Atlantic Ocean form, from tropical storms to hurricanes. This has put the hurricane season above normal with a little more than a month to go before the hurricane season ends on November 30th. In a 30-year period from 1980 to 2010, there is an average of 12 named storms, six hurricanes, three major hurricanes. Here is how the numbers break down:
13 Tropical Systems (tropical storm or hurricane)
5 Tropical Storms
5 Major Hurricanes
We’ve had 13 tropical storms, five of which became tropical storms and 8 became hurricanes. Of the eight hurricanes, five became major, reaching a status of category 3 or higher. These storms included the powerful and deadly hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey.
The most recent hurricane season outlook issued in August 2017 called for a total of 14 to 19 named storms, five to nine hurricanes and two to five major hurricanes.