Oct 21, 2016

Atlantic Quiets Down

Atlantic Ocean
by
Bob Henson and Jeff Masters
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Category 6
A broad loop of showers and thunderstorms is spiraling into 99L, shown here in a visible satellite image from 10:45 am EDT Friday, October 21, 2016. Image: NASA
A broad loop of showers and thunderstorms is spiraling into 99L, shown here in a visible satellite image from 10:45 am EDT Friday, October 21, 2016. Image: NASA

Potential tropical cyclones are having a tough go of it during these waning days of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season. 

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The next name on the Atlantic list is Otto, and getting to that point would be noteworthy. Since regular naming of Atlantic tropical cyclones began in the early 1950s, we have had only 10 “O” storms...

This year’s predictions of a near-average to slightly above-average 2016 Atlantic hurricane season are looking quite close to the mark as the season begins to wind down. As of October 21, the Atlantic has seen 14 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes. This compares to the 1981-2010 average of 12.1 named storms, 6.4 hurricanes, and 2.7 major hurricanes.