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11/28/07 - East Texas

Hurricane Season Comes to a Close

Now that the 2007 hurricane season is nearly over, there were some tropical systems that are not worth remembering, while others are worth revisiting.

Hurricane Humberto started out as an area of low pressure in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Then, in a matter of 19 hours, it set a record for the most rapid intensification of a tropical system in the Atlantic basin.

Despite the fact that the track of Humberto came close to East Texas, we felt very little effect from the storm as it weakened rapidly once it made landfall.

Other than a few light showers, most of the heavy rain and strongest winds were confined to areas around Beaumont Port Authur and the Upper Texas coast.

Other than Humberto, most of the active hurricanes were located farther south, tracking through the southern Atlantic and western Caribbean.

The reason why the storms stayed on a southern track this summer was due to the position of the Bermuda High. Instead of being located over Bermuda, a large area of high pressure was situated farther to the south.

As a result, this kept the Tropical Storms and hurricanes away from the U.S. Coastland, and prevented them from taking a northward turn.

This year was an above normal year, but the results played out to the predictions made by NOAA (National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration)

They predicted 13-17 named storms, 7-10 hurricanes, and 3-5 of those hurricanes being major hurricanes.

As it turned out, we had 16 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and 2 major hurricanes.

So while it was an active year as advertised, many people did not feel that the tropics were very active.

That's because there were no major hurricanes to hit the united states coastline this year.

After all, it was not the number of storms that makes a season memorable. Rather, it is how many of those storms actually hit the coastline.

As we know, those are the events that have the biggest effects on our lives.

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