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2010 Atlantic Hurricanes: Lots of Bark, Fortunately No Bite  –  The Colorado State University Hurricane Forecast Team has recently released its findings on the 2010 hurricane season.  One word can sum it up: ACTIVE.

Several forecasting agencies, including CSU, predicted an above-average season and Mother Nature did not let them down.

Observed in total were 19 named storms, including 12 hurricanes; five of which were major hurricanes.

Since 1944, only 1995 (19) and 2005 (28) have had as many named storms.

With such an active season, you might be wondering about U.S. landfalls.  Incredibly enough, no hurricanes made landfall along the Gulf Coast, the Florida peninsula or the East Coast. (Hurricane Alex had impacts on Texas but made landfall over northeastern Mexico)

This was a season that had plenty of bark but fortunately very little to zero bite.

Below you’ll find some of the notable and intriguing landfall statistics (in bold) from this 2010 hurricane season provided by Colorado State University.



No hurricanes made landfall along the Florida peninsula and East Coast. This marks the fifth year in a row with no hurricane landfalls along this portion of the U.S. coastline. This is the first time since reliable U.S. records began in 1878 that no hurricanes have made landfall along the Florida peninsula and East Coast in a five-year period.

This is the first time in recorded history that as many as 12 hurricanes have occurred in the Atlantic basin without a U.S. landfall. Prior to that record, at least two hurricanes made landfall in the United States when a minimum of 10 hurricanes occurred in the Atlantic basin.

No major hurricanes made U.S. landfall this year. Following seven major hurricane landfalls in 2004-2005, the nation has not witnessed a major hurricane landfall in the past five seasons. The five consecutive years between 1901-1905 and 1910-1914 have been the only other consecutive five-year periods with no major U.S. hurricane landfalls.

Only one tropical storm made U.S. landfall this year (Bonnie). We have not had a hurricane landfall since Hurricane Ike in 2008. The last time that the United States went two years in a row with no hurricane landfalls was 2000-2001.

Only three tropical storms have made landfall over the past two years. The last time that three or fewer tropical cyclones made landfall in any consecutive two-year period was 1990-1991.



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