Record hurricane dry spell?

Record hurricane dry spell?

Record hurricane dry spell?

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by Ben Pine

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 3, 2011 at 7:45 AM

Ever since the insane amount of tropical storms and hurricanes six years ago in 2005, the number of major hurricanes hitting the United States has really quieted down - in fact, none.  Everyone remembers that year, with Katrina and Wilma, and the dozens of other tropical systems.  So many systems we started using the Greek Alphabet to name them!  But, take a look at this quote from the Palm Beach Post,

"Since Wilma struck in 2005, no hurricane's had a Florida landfall. In the same five years, no major hurricane -- at Category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson scale, with top sustained winds of at least 111 mph -- struck the United States. That streak's never gone six years, according to records that date to 1851."

I don't want to jinx it, but, if we can go another year without a major landfalling hurricane, it looks like we break the longest streak ever! 

The 2011 Hurricane Season has begun and the current forecast is for an above normal season.  Here's NOAA's hurricane outlook.  The hurricane season runs June 1st to November 30th.

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