The 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season is coming to a close. As usual, tropical season does not care for the calendar and some storms have formed in December. The last time that happened was in 2007, when Tropical Storm Olga formed on December 11, 2007. Let’s go over the statistics of the 2010 Hurricane Season.
Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE)=160
Percentage of Hurricane=63.2%
Percentage of Major Hurricane=26.3%
Total Storm Formation
First Tropical Storm
First Major Hurricane
June 26, 2010
First Hurricane Date
June 29, 2010
First Major Hurricane Date
August 27, 2010
November 7, 2010
Most Intense Storm
155 mph (135 knots)
Highest ACE By Storm
Total Storm Days=102
269 (Direct and Indirect)
Nation With Most Eye Landfall
Belize=3 (Alex, Matthew, and Richard)
Mexico=3 (Alex, Hermine, and Karl)
Canada=2 (Earl and Igor)
Cuba=2(Nicole and Paula)
United States=1 (Bonnie)
Major Hurricane Eye Landfall
Karl (Mexico)-First since Hurricane Wilma made landfall on Florida on October 24, 2005.
Talk about a very active season we had. It is one of the most active seasons we have seen with records going to back to 1851. Here is how 2010 Hurricane Season compares with other seasons. This goes back to 1870.
2010 season ties with 1995 and 1887. However, I think 1887 Hurricane Season had more storms recorded because there were no satellites back than. Also, hurricane encounters were by ship and they try to avoid hurricanes for obvious reason.
In term of number of hurricanes, 2010 ties with 1969 Hurricane Season. Only 2005 beats 2010. However, I think there have been season with more hurricanes than recorded in the past.
2010 Hurricane Season ties with various years with 5 major hurricanes. The most recent being 2008. All of them formed in a one month period from August to September.
Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE)
ACE is used to measure energy used by a tropical cyclone in its lifetime. The stronger and longer lived a tropical cyclone is, the higher the ACE is. In addition, higher the ACE, the more active the season will be.
The 2010 Hurricane Season is the 17th most active in terms of ACE from 1870 to 2010. This is preliminary before NHC releases their final report for all the storm. I think there is a good chance the ACE for 2010 will go up. It ties with 1906 Hurricane Season based on Best Track, in which the storm is tracked in 6 hour intervals for HURRDAT. Any new data will be updated in the future.
America was very lucky with the 2010 Hurricane Season. Tropical Storm Bonnie made landfall on South Florida. Tropical Storm Hermine hit Texas with tropical storm force wind and heavy rain even though it made landfall in Mexico.