Hurricane Season 2013 concludes quietly
POSTED: Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 6:15pm
UPDATED: Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 6:19pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (NBC33) — As hurricane season draws to a close, we reflect on the past season, which began on June 1.
A total of 13 tropical cyclones formed in the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season-- 11 tropical storms and two hurricanes. Although there were a few close calls, only one of the 13 systems, Tropical Storm Andrea, made landfall in the United States. Both hurricanes, Humberto and Ingrid, formed in September. Hurricane Ingrid was the only hurricane to made landfall, which formed in the Gulf of Mexico. Due to the low number of hurricanes, this season brings the fewest hurricanes since 1982.
Forecasters predicted an above average season in the springtime, and were somewhat accurate in saying so; typically, a normal year brings 12 named storms.
Although many forecasts were close by numbers, they were not so spot-on with their intensity forecasts. Only two named storms made it to "hurricane" strength, and were only considered category one hurricanes on the Saffir-Simpson scale. On average, a normal season will bring six hurricanes, three of which usually become major hurricanes with winds over 110 mph.
Despite a low, land falling hurricane season in the U.S., Mexico was battered by multiple hurricanes. At times, both the east and west coast of Mexico were dealing with tropical cyclones this summer. Mexico saw a total of eight storms make landfall on their shorelines-- three on the east coast and five on the west.
The 2013 season was a nice change from the 2012 season. Last year was the third busiest hurricane season on record. Both Hurricane Isaac and Sandy caused major damage to areas of the U.S. To read more about last year's season, click here.