2017 Atlantic hurricane season ends after 17 named storms

Published: Thursday, November 30, 2017 @ 3:16 PM

A quick look-back at a very active season.

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is officially over and it was an active one.

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There were 17 named storms, 10 strengthened to hurricanes and six of those became major hurricanes, strengthening to a Category 3 or higher.

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The average Atlantic hurricane season sees 12 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes. The first named storm was Tropical Storm Arlene in April. Hurricane Franklin, which was a Category 1 storm, was the first hurricane of the 2017 season. 

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Hurricane Harvey was the first major hurricane of the season and brought devastation to Texas towards the end of August when it made landfall as a Category 4 major hurricane. It sat over southern Texas for days producing prolific rainfall, and brought the all-time rain record for a tropical storm in the United States dropping around 60 inches of rain. 

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Quickly after Harvey the development of Hurricane Irma in September. This was the first Category 5 major hurricane in the Atlantic since Hurricane Matthew in 2016 with Irma’s winds peaking at 185 mph. Irma’s eye passed over Barbuda destroying a huge portion of the island and made landfall as a Category 5 hurricane in Cuba.

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Irma was the first Category 5 hurricane to make landfall in the Bahamas since the 1990s and made landfall twice in Florida, first was Cudjoe Key and then again on Marco Island.

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The next major hurricane to impact the United States this year was Hurricane Maria which devastated Puerto Rico in September. Maria also strengthened to become a Category 5 hurricane and impacted Dominica. Maria then made landfall in Puerto Rico with winds around 155 mph on September 20th. 

Tropical Storm Rina was the final named storm of the season staying out to sea in the beginning of November. 

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A few showers and below average temperatures to start the weekend

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 3:27 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 11:51 PM

Few showers arrive late Friday.


  • Quiet and cool tonight
  • Increasing clouds, slight chance for showers Friday night
  • Temps to drop back below average for the weekend

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Overnight: Mostly clear skies are in the forecast with temperatures dropping back into the mid-40s by morning.

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Friday: The day will start with lots of sunshine. Some clouds will arrive in the afternoon. There will be the chance for a few passing showers in the evening and then again later Friday night. Temperatures will reach the mid-60s.

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Saturday: Expect quite a bit of clouds with a slight chance for a passing shower or sprinkle. It will be breezy and noticably cooler. Highs will top out in the lower 50s.

Sunday: Sunshine returns with temperatures beginning to rebound slowly. There will likely be frost to start the day before temperatures reach back into the middle 50s.

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Monday: Sunny skies are in the forecast with a chance for some patchy morning frost. Afternoon temperatures will climb back into the upper 60s.

Tuesday: Skies will be mostly sunny with temperatures soaring into the mid-70s.

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Irma: Live updates

Published: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 @ 11:56 PM

Irma Aftermath In Florida

Search and rescue operations continue in Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irma. 

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Authorities worked to restore communication with the island residents and began work Monday on reopening the single highway that connects the islands to the mainland.

Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm Monday evening. By Tuesday, it was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone. At least 17 people have died in the contiguous U.S. 

Power is beginning to be restored in Florida and Georgia.

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MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 10: A truck is seen on its side after being blown over as Hurricane Irma passed through on September 10, 2017 in Miami, Florida. Hurricane Irma, which first made landfall in the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm on Sunday, has weakened to a Category 2 as it moves up the coast.(Joe Raedle/Getty Images/Getty Images)
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How to spot the full ‘pink’ moon and Jupiter

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 7:03 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about the full moon and when it is close to Jupiter.

Mostly clear skies are expected this weekend, leading to good viewing conditions for a full moon, with Jupiter also visible near the moon, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. 

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The full “pink” moon is Sunday night and clear skies are expected, Zontini said. 

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“The full moon this month is called a ‘pink’ moon not because it will look pink, but because of the spring flowers that bloom this time of year,” Zontini said. “It will be easy to see the full moon this weekend because the sky will stay clear.”

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The moon officially becomes full April 29 at 8:58 p.m.

“Sunday evening you will notice a bright looking star below the moon in the evening hours. Monday evening, April 30, look for the moon after sunset and you will see Jupiter right next to it,” Zontini said.

“You will know it is a planet because it will shine steady and not twinkle like a star.” 

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Patchy fog again possible tonight 

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 3:31 AM
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 7:52 PM

A pleasant finish to the day after a gloomy start.


  • Skies clearing tonight
  • Patchy fog possible late
  • Cooler but dry for the weekend

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This evening:  Skies will continue to clear with temperatures dropping back into the 50s

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Tonight: Just a few clouds lingering with patchy areas of fog possible late. Temperatures will fall into the lower 40s

Thursday: After some morning fog, expect lots of sunshine and milder temperatures topping out in the middle 60s.

Friday: The day will start with sunshine but clouds will increase late. There is a chance for a passing shower in the evening or at night. Temperatures will reach into the middle 60s.

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Saturday: Skies will be partly cloudy with a cool northerly breeze. High swill top out in the upper 50s.

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Sunday: Sunny skies return with temperatures still running a bit below normal. Highs will be near 60 degrees.

Monday: Sunny skies will start the new week and temperatures will warm up to near 70 degrees.

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