The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season was the first above normal season since 2012. The season stretched from January to November. NOAA’s latest prediction (August) was for a near normal season with 12-17 named storms, 5-8 hurricanes with 2-4 major hurricanes.
Actually, there were 15 named storms, 7 hurricanes with 3 major hurricanes. Three storms, Gaston, Matthew and Nicole became major hurricanes. Major hurricanes are those reaching categories 3 and above.
Hurricane Alex formed in the month of January, making it the first hurricane to form in the Atlantic since 1950. This reminded us that tropical cyclone development is possible outside of the June 1st to November 30th season.
Hurricane Matthew was the only storm which tracked through the Eastern Caribbean and made land fall on Haiti on October 4th 2016. Matthew was the first category 5 hurricane (160 miles per hour) in the Atlantic basin since Hurricane Felix in 2007. It was also the strongest and the longest-lived storm of the season. Matthew lasted as a major hurricane for eight days from September 30th to October 7th .
There were no impacts from any of the storms which formed during the 2016 hurricane season on the island of St. Maarten. A few tropical waves drifted through the island chain, no significant rainfall was recorded. However a wind gust of 47 kts or 54 Mph was recorded on August 24th about 10:20 am during the passage of an active tropical wave.