|Atlantic Tropical Climatology - Credit: NHC/NOAA|
|Locations of tropical cyclone formation from 10/21-31|
Anecdotally, I have noticed the National Hurricane Center has been extremely proactive in recent years in naming storms that would have been completely missed in the pre-satellite era. The NHC is doing the climatological record a very good service by doing this. We will now have a very thorough record of storms...and one that is more representative of reality. However, the trouble with this sort of progress is that we may no longer be comparing apples to apples, and hurricane history may become a science of apples vs. oranges. Looking at the last three seasons in a vacuum, it's clearly evident that 2010 was more intriguing than either 2011 or 2012, when taken as a whole. Of course, Irene and Isaac have made the last two seasons far more memorable in the US. But it will be interesting to see if ACE per storm averages continues dwindling in the coming seasons as the NHC becomes more liberal with naming systems.