(WTXL) - With the recent devastation caused by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, we may have forgotten that Florida has been in a 12 year hurricane drought. Back to back category 4 storms have not made landfall on the continental U.S. in over a century.
Meteorologists say a combination of factors made this season as active as it is.
Above normal water temperatures created strong storms and upper level winds allowed for hurricanes to grow tall and stay stable and while many suspect global warming as at least one culprit, experts say linking hurricane behavior to global warming is difficult.
The past 10 years have been active, but the steering currents were unable to push storms towards land. That certainly has not been the case this year.
"There's going to be more tropical storms and hurricanes as we move through the season," said Parks Camp, a science and operations officer at the National Weather Service. "Now whether or not any of those have significant impacts on land, we will just kind of have to wait and see. See what the steering currents and the conditions are when those form."
We all are hopeful Florida won't see another hurricane this season, however, the season runs through November and it's important to keep our kits prepared.