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ATLANTIC BASIN 2005 SEASON SUMMARY

The 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season was certainly one for the record books. It saw an incredible 27 named storms, that blows the 1933 record of 21 out of the water. Out of the 27 named storms, 14 have been hurricanes which beats the 1969 record of 12, and of those hurricanes, seven have become major hurricanes which is just shy of the record of eight in 1950. The 2005 season also saw the landfall of four major storms on the United States with Dennis, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. This is also a record. The season has also seen three category five storms, which is also a record. It is also worth noting that Hurricane Emily may have been a Category 5 at its peak which would give the season four Cat. 5's.

Not only has the number of storms in the 2005 Season been impressive, but the intensity of the storms has also been shocking. Hurricane Katrina formed in late-August, and before devastating the city of New Orleans, it became the 4th stongest hurricane on record in the Atlantic Basin(at the time) with a pressure of 902mb in the Gulf of Mexico. Just when it couldn't get any worse, another storm named Rita formed in late-September and followed a similar path, and once it hit the Gulf of Mexico, it became even stronger than Katrina, with a pressure of 897mb. Making Rita the third strongest hurricane on record in the Atlantic Basin, and pushing Katrina back to fifth place. But the 2005 season wasn't done yet. In mid-October, Tropical Storm Wilma formed in the central Caribbean. It remained on the threshold of hurricane strength for a good deal of time, and within 12 hours of becoming a hurricane, Wilma exploded into a monster catagory five storm. Wilma continued to strengthen, and reached a peak pressure of 882mb, the lowest ever recorded in the Atlantic Basin. Beating the previous record of 888mb set by Hurricane Gilbert. This pushed Rita to fourth place, and pushed Katrina out of the top 5.

In addition to those 3 record breaking storms, Hurricanes Dennis and Emily both came very close to category five status. Both storms reached pressures around 930mb.

The 2005 season also has seen record destruction of property, and lives. The total damage estimate is as high as 200 billion, mostly from Hurricane Katrina. The death toll is also staggering, now estimated at nearly 3,000, and could go even higher with the landfall of Hurricane Beta. Hurricane Katrina is responsible for at least 1,300 of those deaths. The last storm of the season was Tropical Storm Zeta, which was the latest tropical storm ever to form. It formed on December 30 and lasted into 2006.

Season Statistics

Number of Tropical Depressions
30
Number Of Tropical Storms
27

Number of Hurricanes

14

Number of Major(Cat.3+) Hurricanes

7

Number of Cat. 5 Hurricanes

3

Deadliest Storm

Hurricane Katrina - 1,325 Deaths

Costliest Storm

Hurricane Katrina - up to 150 Billion

Lowest Pressure

Hurricane Wilma - 882mb

Highest Sustained Winds

Katrina, Rita, and Wilma - 175mph

Longest Lasting Storm

Hurricane Irene - 14 Days

Total Fatalities

over 2,850

Total Damages

as high as 200 Billion(estimated)

First Storm Formed

June 8, 2005 (Arlene)

Last Storm Dissipated

January 1, 2006 (Zeta)

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