|How many hurricanes hit the US between 2006 and
2016? Are there more hurricanes in this decade
then in the past?
|Question Date: 2017-06-06|
From 2006-2016 (including 2016), there were 10
hurricanes that made landfall on the continental
U.S. From 1997-2006 there were 21 hurricanes that
made landfall. The amount of hurricanes from
decade to decade can vary quite a bit.
In case you hadn't heard of it yet, the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) is a great source of information about
weather. Their website has records going back to
the mid 19th century of the names, times, and
sizes of most hurricanes.
I'm not able to find data on hurricanes hitting
the United States, but I can get data for
hurricanes in different ocean basins. Actually, I
think you should look at the data yourself: here
is a website you can use, courtesy of the National
Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration:
This page is for 2016 on the Atlantic side
of the U.S. You can click on the links at the
top of the page for the different years.
Underneath that you can click on eastern
Pacific to get the west coast side, although
the Pacific off of California is so cold that
hurricanes almost never make it far enough north
to hit the U.S. on that side (they do hit Mexico,
I can tell you from glancing at the data myself
that there isn't a clear pattern over 10 years
that you can discern that would be due to climate
change. Climate change generally takes place over
longer time scales than that. If you looked at the
hurricanes that have hit the U.S. from 1966 to
2016, so 50 years instead of just 10, you would
probably see a trend, but not over just 10 years.
I notice that the records on the websites that I
gave you the links to go back to 1995, which gives
you 21 years of data - you might see a trend over
that, but it's questionable.
There is a lot of other cool stuff on that
website, too, by the way. For example, this graph
Atlantic Storm , might answer your question:
you can see a slow and very uneven increase in the
number of storms, but this is from 1850 all of the
way to the present.
You can also see when in the year hurricanes
tend to hit, what states they most often hit and
with what intensity, and a good number of other
According to NOAA's National Center for
Environmental Information, a total of 163
hurricanes were recorded for the 2006 through 2016
seasons for both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans:
2006=16 hurricanes, 2007=10, 2008=15, 2009=10,
2010=9, 2011=17, 2012=20, 2013=9, 2014=20,
2015=17, 2016=18. Note that a storm season
begins in June.
So the 2006 season includes all storms between
June 1, 2016 through May 30, 2007. Hurricane,
cyclone, and typhoon all mean the same weather
phenomenon. A tropical storm or tropical
cyclone is classified as a hurricane, cyclone, or
typhoon, when it reaches sustained winds of 74
miles per hour or higher.
According to the National Environmental
Education Foundation, citing numerous NOAA and
NASA sources, the intensity, frequency, and
duration of North Atlantic hurricanes has
increased since the early 1980's. Hurricanes
hitting North America from the Pacific seems to
have remained relatively constant since the
1950's. Complete records only go back to the
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