Still storm savvy? Track back in '08

The six-month hurricane season ends today. Hard to believe we survived another one, isn't it? Don't worry, we get to start sweating again in six months. For a look back at the 2008 hurricane season, here's a quick quiz:

True or false: 2008 will be remembered as a particularly quiet hurricane season. Florida's worst battering this year came at the hands of: a) Gustav b) Fay c) Ike d) Paloma. Name the island nation that was hit by four storms in just two months.
False. Although it was fairly quiet here in Florida, there were 16 named storms, eight of them hurricanes. This was the fourth-busiest year for named storms in the past 65 years. Also, it's the only year on record in which there were major hurricanes — Category 3 (winds of 111-130 mph) or stronger — in five different months (July through November). And for the first time ever, six consecutive named storms — Dolly, Edouard, Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike — hit the U.S. mainland. b. Although it never attained hurricane status, Tropical Storm Fay made it into the record books as the only storm ever to make landfall in Florida four times. Its zigzags took it across much of the state in August, dumping heavy rains — 25 inches of rain in Melbourne alone — that led to flooding. Forty-one Florida counties were declared federal disaster areas. The death toll from Fay topped 36, including 11 in Florida, one in Georgia and 23 in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Between August and September, Haiti was hit by Tropical Storm Fay, Hurricane Gustav, Tropical Storm Hanna and Hurricane Ike. Nearly 800 people died, and more than 500 were injured.
True or false: New Orleans was evacuated because of concerns about a repeat of Hurricane Katrina. The storm that had the greatest impact on the United States was: a) Gustav b) Fay c) Ike d) Kyle True or false: Hurricane forecasters were way off base in their predictions for this year.
True. Fearing Hurricane Gustav would destroy what was left of the city, officials ordered much of New Orleans evacuated. But then Gustav went ashore 70 miles to the southwest, with winds that had dropped enough to downgrade it from a Category 3 hurricane to Category 2. c. Ike killed more than 30 people in eight states, from Texas to the Midwest, and caused an estimated $10-billion in damage. False. They came pretty close. On April 8, the Colorado State University team of Phil Klotzbach and Dr. William Gray predicted 15 named storms, eight hurricanes and four major hurricanes — Category 3 or higher. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said there was a 67 percent chance that 2008 would produce 14 to 18 named storms and seven to 10 hurricanes. Over the summer we had 16 named storms, eight hurricanes and five intense hurricanes.

Still storm savvy? Track back in '08 11/29/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 10:39am]

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