Since Hurricane Harvey is expected to make landfall as a major hurricane (category 3 or higher), I decided to look back at the last hurricane season to have a hurricane make landfall as a major hurricane. And to do that, we need to take a step back in time…all the way back to 2005.
To give you a sense of how long ago 2005 was, here are a few facts.
- George W. Bush started his second term in office
- YouTube was founded
- Disneyland celebrated its 50th Anniversary
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as well as Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith was released
- Carrie Underwood won American Idol
- The #1 song of the year was “We Belong Together” by Mariah Carey
Another thing that happened during 2005 was that we had one of the most active hurricane seasons to date. Here is the season by the numbers.
- 27 named storms
- 15 hurricanes
- The US took 6 direct hits from hurricanes
- 4 of the 6 were major hurricanes
- Hurricane Wilma set a record for the lowest barometric pressure ever recorded in the Atlantic ocean at 882
- Hurricane Katrina was responsible for over 1,000 deaths
- The total damage cost for the 4 major hurricanes that struck the US was over $143 billion
- 4 hurricanes reached Category 5
There were 4 hurricanes that devastated the US; Hurricanes Dennis, Katrina, Rita and Wilma. These names were retired at the end of the season as well as Stan.
So far this season, we have had 8 names storms and 3 hurricanes.