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Major Hurricane Drought: Nine Years Without a Major Hurricane Making US Landfall

Statistacal analyses from hurricane track data back to 1850 indicate that for any particular Atlantic Hurricane season, there is approximately a 40% chance that a major hurricane (categrory 3 or higher) will make landfall in the continental United States. However, during the 9-year period from 2006 to 2014, no major hurricanes have made landfall.

These visualizations show hurricane tracks from 1980 through 2014. Green tracks are storms that did not make landfall in the continental US; yellow tracks are storms made landfall but were not category 3 or higher when they made landfall; and, red tracks are storms that made landfall and where category 3 or higher. A corresponding chart on the right accumulates the number and types of storms for each year. Notice the large gap in any red blocks between 2006 and 2014.


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Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator
Jefferson Beck (USRA): Producer
Joy Ng (USRA): Producer
Timothy Hall (NASA/GSFC GISS): Lead Scientist
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Data Used:
2-minute Gridded Global Relief Data
HURDAT2 (1950 through 2014)

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SVS >> Hurricane
DLESE >> Natural hazards
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Phenomena >> Hurricanes

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version