2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season Comes To A Close

By Brian Alonzo

“You could say the season was a gentle giant” said Jack Hayes Director NOAA’s National Weather Service. This season was one of the more active seasons in the past few years.

This season we saw 19 named storms which tied with 1887 and 1995 for third highest on record. Of those 19 named storms, 12 became hurricanes. 5 became major hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or higher.  An average season has 11 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and 2 major hurricanes. 

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The biggest influence  was warm waters in the Atlantic Ocean especially in the eastern Atlantic.  Upper level winds were conducive for tropical development in that area as well.  The position of the jet stream helped steer storms away as the southeast U.S. saw warm & dry conditions. Three tropical systems affected the United States.  Tropical Storm Bonnie made landfall in Southern Florida. Tropical Depression #2 formed in the Gulf of Mexico and made landfall in South Padre Island, TX and travel along the Rio Grande where it dumped a tremendous amount of rain.  Tropical Storm Hermine made landfall in Northern Mexico but traveled north into Texas. The center of Tropical Storm Hermine traveled right over San Antonio. We experienced wind gusts over 60 mph. Most of the other tropical activity remained either in the Atlantic Ocean or affected Mexico.

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2010 Atlantic Hurricane Map. Courtesy NOAA

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