December 7, 2005
Record Hurricane Season Doesn't Quite End
Planet Ark reported that Hurricane Epsilon became the 14th hurricane of a record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season and persisted even in the now chilly north Atlantic. Hurricane forecasters were perplexed at Epsilon's tenacity in the chilly north Atlantic, where it had been expected to fizzle.
The six-month 2005 Atlantic hurricane season officially ended on Nov. 30, but December hurricanes are not unprecedented. Epsilon was the sixth to occur in December since record-keeping began in 1851.
The 2005 season was the busiest on record, with 26 tropical storms, besting the old record of 21 set in 1933. Fourteen of them grew into hurricanes, beating the record of 12 set in 1969.
The long-term average is 10 tropical storms per season, with six strengthening into hurricanes. For the first time, forecasters exhausted their annual list of 21 tropical storm names and turned to the Greek alphabet to name the last five, including Epsilon.
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