CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season officially came to an end Wednesday. Overall it was an above normal hurricane season. In fact the last time the Atlantic was this active was back in 2012.
The hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. This year there were 15 named storms, including 7 hurricanes, 3 of which were major hurricanes.
Hurricane Alex was the first named storm and it formed way back in January. Five named storms made landfall in the United States during 2016, the most since 2008 when six storms struck. Tropical Storm Bonnie and Hurricane Matthew hit South Carolina. Hurricane Hermine was the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida since Wilma in 2005.
The strongest and longest-lived storm of the season was Matthew, which reached maximum sustained winds of 160 miles per hour and lasted as a major hurricane for eight days.
Matthew was the first category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic since Felix in 2007. Here in western Massachusetts we were pretty much spared this year, we just got some rain from Hermine.
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