The year started off quite active with respect to tornadoes with January featuring the third highest number of tornadoes of any January on record. In fact, the first two months of the year combined saw the fourth-highest number of confirmed tornadoes of any on record. The most recent outbreak of tornadoes took place in Tennessee on December 9th when a strong storm system pushed up through the eastern states from the south-central US. There were six fatalities in Tennessee on that day and tragically, this year has been deadlier than average with multiple fatal tornadoes.
2023 Tropical Season in the Atlantic Basin
While the 2023 hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin was well above-normal in terms of the number of named storms, the news was not all bad with respect to the overall tropical season. Other important metrics were actually quite close to climatological averages, and the best news of all was that the vast majority of the named storms spent most, if not all, of their time harmlessly out over the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. In fact, despite the active season in 2023, the only US landfalling hurricane was Hurricane Idalia which made landfall as a category-3 hurricane on August 30th near Keaton Beach, Florida. In addition, Tropical Storm Ophelia made landfall as a strong tropical storm with 70 mph winds on Emerald Isle, North Carolina on September 23rd. Hurricane Lee made landfall as a post-tropical cyclone in Nova Scotia, Canada, on September 16th and swells generated by Lee caused dangerous surf and rip currents along the entire U.S. Atlantic coast.
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