The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially came to an end on November 30th 2017. This hurricane season can be described as an extremely active one as predicted by the National Hurricane Center (NHC).  This season produced seventeen (17) named storms of which ten (10) became hurricanes with six (6) being major hurricanes (category 3 or higher).  This included the first major hurricane to hit St. Maarten in twenty-two (22) years.

2017 was the seventh most active season in the historical record dating to 1851 and was the most active season since 2005. There are various views on the reason for increased activity this year, whether it is the notion of climate change or just a geological cycle we must be cognizant of the facts that we are located in path of hurricanes and the adjustments must be made to protect life and property.

The impacts of Irma and Maria on St. Maarten and the Caribbean region will remain vivid in our minds for a while however we cannot be deterred.  We need to look at those events and discuss how we can mitigate the impacts of these storms/hurricanes in the future.

As this season has ended officially we must be reminded firstly, that adverse weather conditions are possible even outside of the hurricane season and secondly, in just six (6) months the 2018 hurricane season will be here. Therefore, preparedness is the key and it is never too early.

2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season
Seasonal Forecast Actual
Named Storms 14-19 17
Hurricanes 5-9 10
Major Hurricanes 2-5 6
   

The Names for the storms for 2017 are:

Arlene                                Harvey                                 Ophelia    

Bret                                     Irma                                     Philippe  

Cindy                                   Jose                                     Rina         

Don                                     Katia                                    Sean

Emily                                   Lee                                       Tammy

Franklin                              Maria                                   Vince

Gert                                     Nate                                     Whitney

2016 Storm Summary