AIR Currents

It's Been Eight Years Since a Major Hurricane Made Landfall in the U.S.

August 8, 2014

The last was Hurricane Wilma, which made landfall at Category 3 strength in Florida in 2005. Prior to 2005, the longest stretch without a major hurricane coming ashore since 1900, when detailed recordkeeping began, was six years. (Deadly and destructive "superstorm" Sandy struck New Jersey with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph, the equivalent of a Category 1 storm.)

With uncertainty in whether El Niño conditions are becoming more likely, it remains to be seen if the eight-year lapse might just equal nine years after the 2014 Atlantic season.




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