2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season Fast Facts

Here Are The Records Ida Toppled

Ida slammed into the Louisiana coast on Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane, making it one of the strongest storms ever to make landfall in the state.

“NASA said preliminary data shows that Ida was also the fifth strongest hurricane to ever make landfall in the continental United States.”

But it was in the Northeast, hundreds of miles from the Louisiana coast, that the downgraded storm toppled rainfall records, caused rivers to swell to near historic highs and spawned tornadoes in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Climate change no doubt supercharged the storm’s broad, devastating impact in many ways.

Ida’s devastation across the Northeast is “a reminder that the name and category of a storm aren’t necessarily correlated with impact,” Marshall Shepherd, director of the atmospheric sciences program at the University of Georgia and a former president of the American Meteorological Society, wrote in a Twitter post Thursday morning.

The death toll from Ida in the Northeast has already surpassed the toll in the Southeast.

Below are some of the records and near records Ida set on its violent journey from the Gulf of Mexico to New England…READ ON

2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season Fast Facts

12th Atlantic Storm in 2021, Larry, crossing Atlantic towards North America

The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. The areas covered include the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.

The National Weather Service defines a hurricane as a “tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 74 mph (64 knots) or higher.”

Hurricanes are rated according to intensity of sustained winds on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. The 1-5 scale estimates potential property damage.

A Category 3 or higher is considered a major hurricane…READ ON

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