29 November 2012 16:32 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--The 2012 hurricane season was one of the most unusual seasons on record as a significant number of weaker cyclones combined with a general lack of major hurricane activity, researchers at the Colorado State University (CSU) said in an update on Thursday.
“The 2012 hurricane season had more activity than predicted in our seasonal forecasts,” said Phil Klotzbach, lead author of the CSU's hurricane forecasts.
“It was notable for having a very large number of weak, high latitude tropical cyclones but only one major hurricane that lasted for a mere six hours,” Klotzbach said.
The season saw 19 named storms, 10 hurricanes, but only one major hurricane. This compares with the CSU’s forecast from June of 13 named storms, five hurricanes and two major hurricanes.
Only 2005, with 28 named storms, and 1933, with 21, had more named storms than 2012.
As for hurricanes, only five other years had more than 10 hurricanes occur in a single season since 1944. But with only one major hurricane, 2012 saw the fewest major hurricanes to occur in the Atlantic basin since 1997.
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