It’s been a heck of a month in the Atlantic Basin’s hurricane season. A named storm was active for every day of the month, with an incredible FIVE major hurricanes occurring during September. The season started off very weak, with an Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) value adding up to less than 4 through Emily, the season’s 5th named storm, breaking a record for lowest ACE value through 5 named storms. With Maria’s final advisory, the 2017 ACE value is now just above 202 units, which is the most ACE since 2005 and well over double what the average season is (92). September broke the record (September 2004) for highest ACE value for any month in history with an incredible 173.805 value. Recovery efforts continue in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and most imminently in Puerto Rico, where the island continues to try and get on its feet after being completely devastated by Maria.
On a positive note, the Atlantic is quiet now, with nothing of note expected to develop in the near future. It’s definitely needed so these storm-ravaged areas have a chance at recovering quickly.