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2010 Hurricane Season
 
Frequency of tropical systems in the Atlantic basin, with a peak during the second week of September. The hurricane season began on June 1st, and not much happened through early August with only three named systems. Activity picked up.
In the picture: Frequency of tropical systems in the Atlantic basin, with a peak during the second week of September.

 

The National Hurricane Center was monitoring two hurricanes (Danielle and Earl) in the Atlantic Ocean, plus a developing system (eventually became Fiona) on 08/29/2010.
In the picture: The National Hurricane Center was monitoring two hurricanes (Danielle and Earl) in the Atlantic Ocean, plus a developing system (eventually became Fiona) on 08/29/2010.
 

From August 22nd to the end of the month, Hurricanes Danielle and Earl formed...as well as Tropical Storm Fiona (all in the Atlantic Ocean). Eight more storms followed in September (four of which were hurricanes), including Tropical Storm Hermine (developed in the Gulf of Mexico on September 6th). More on this later. Five storms (all hurricanes) developed in October for a total of nineteen (19) systems for the season (ending on November 30th).

In all, there were twelve (12) hurricanes, which tied 1969 for the second most on record. Even so, there were no landfalling hurricanes in the United States.

 

Tropical Systems in 2010
Name Type Origin/Track When Existed
Alex Hurricane Caribbean/Gulf of Mexico 06/26 - 06/30
Bonnie Tropical Storm Atlantic/Gulf of Mexico 7/22 - 07/24
Colin Tropical Storm Atlantic 08/02 - 08/08
Danielle Major Hurricane Atlantic 08/22 - 08/30
Earl Major Hurricane Atlantic 08/25 - 09/04
Fiona Tropical Storm Atlantic 08/30 - 09/03
Gaston Tropical Storm Atlantic 09/01 - 09/02
Hermine Tropical Storm Gulf of Mexico 09/06
Igor Major Hurricane Atlantic 09/08 - 09/21
Julia Major Hurricane Atlantic 09/13 - 09/21
Karl Major Hurricane Caribbean/Gulf of Mexico 09/14 - 09/17
Lisa Hurricane Atlantic 09/21 - 09/26
Matthew Tropical Storm Caribbean 09/23 - 09/25
Nicole Tropical Storm Caribbean/Atlantic 09/29
Otto Hurricane Atlantic 10/06 - 10/10
Paula Hurricane Caribbean 10/11 - 10/15
Richard Hurricane Caribbean 10/21 - 10/25
Shary Hurricane Atlantic 10/28 - 10/30
Tomas Hurricane Atlantic/Caribbean 10/29 - 11/07
Note: A major hurricane is at least Category 3 (sustained winds of 111 to 130 mph). Igor was the strongest storm with 155 mph sustained winds (Category 4).

 

A strengthening La Niña is partly responsible for the increased activity. This often leads to less wind shear over the Atlantic, with little to disrupt tropical development. Systems tend to thrive.
La Niña conditions (cooler than normal water) were noted along the equator (EQ) in the Pacific Ocean on 08/18/2010.
In the picture: La Niña conditions (cooler than normal water) were noted along the equator (EQ) in the Pacific Ocean on 08/18/2010.

 

There were 28 storms during the 2005 hurricane season.
In the picture: There were 28 storms during the 2005 hurricane season. Of these storms, 15 reached at least Category 1 (sustained wind of 74-95 mph) status...with 7 storms considered major hurricanes with at least a Category 3 status (sustained wind of 111-130 mph).
 

Similar conditions were noted during the record 2005 hurricane season, with 28 named storms (including Katrina). While this year was not as active, there were more systems than usual.

 

Hurricane Rita was headed toward the Texas Gulf Coast on 09/22/2005. Ironically, the last time Arkansas experienced widespread drought conditions was in 2005. The tropics brought temporary relief (3 to 6 inches of rain) as the remants of Hurricane Rita moved across the state in late September.
In the picture: Hurricane Rita was headed toward the Texas Gulf Coast on 09/22/2005.

 

Drought conditions were eased for a short while this year as well. The remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine interacted with a stalled front in northern Arkansas to bring clouds and areas of heavy rain to the region. Tropical Storm Hermine ("L") made landfall in northern Mexico late on 09/06/2010 before weakening and tracking into south Texas.
In the picture: Tropical Storm Hermine ("L") made landfall in northern Mexico late on 09/06/2010 before weakening and tracking into south Texas. The system headed northward through Oklahoma, southeast Kansas and Missouri, and interacted with a stalled front in northern Arkansas to bring areas of heavy to excessive rain.

 

Seventy two hour (three day) precipitation through 700 am CDT on 09/10/2010. From September 7th through the 9th, one to three inch rainfall totals were common north and west of Little Rock (Pulaski County). There was locally more than five inches.
In the picture: Seventy two hour (three day) precipitation through 700 am CDT on 09/10/2010.

 

So what does a typical hurricane season bring? In a normal year, there are 11 named storms...with 6 hurricanes and 2 major hurricanes.

 


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