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2008 Atlantic Tropical Storm & Hurricane Season

For details of the 2009 season visit our 2009 Atlantic Tropical Storm Season page.

Damage caused by the 2008 storm season is estimated at $54b according to the National Climatic Data Centre. That’s the second largest annual loss from atlantic storms on record (second only to 2005 when Katrina hit).

Here are some interesting facts from the NOAA’s 2008 season press release:

  • For the first time on record, six consecutive storms made landfall on the U.S. mainland (Dolly, Edouard, Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike)
  • Three major hurricanes struck Cuba (Gustav, Ike and Paloma)
  • This is also the first Atlantic season to have a major hurricane (Category 3) form in five consecutive months (July: Bertha, August: Gustav, September: Ike, October: Omar, November: Paloma)
  • Bertha was a tropical cyclone for 17 days (July 3-20), making it the longest-lived July storm on record in the Atlantic Basin
  • Fay is the only storm on record to make landfall four times in the state of Florida, and to prompt tropical storm and hurricane watches and warnings for the state’s entire coastline
  • Paloma, reaching Category 4 status with top winds of 145 mph, is the second strongest November hurricane on record

No reports of catastrophe bonds being triggered have surfaced although it seems hurricane Ike came very close indeed. The season saw increased activity on the IFEX and CME windstorm futures and options as well.

Details of all the 2008 seasons storms and other relevant information are below.



Storm Names

Arthur Bertha Cristobal Dolly Edouard Fay Gustav
Hanna Ike Josephine Kyle Laura Marco Nana
Omar Paloma Rene Sally Teddy Vicky Wilfred

Current Atlantic Conditions

Atlantic Tropical Weather Outlook
From the U.S. National Hurricane Center

Atlantic Tropical Weather Discussion
From the U.S. National Hurricane Center

As storms and hurricanes occur you will see their tracks appear on this map. Click the map for a larger version.

Hurricane Season Forecasts

Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Projects Forecasts
From CSU and Dr William Gray

National Hurricane Center forecast
From the U.S. National Weather Service

Tropical Storm Risk forecasts
From the Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre

Satellite Imagery

The below satellite images come from the website. Click (or double click) them to view larger versions.

Atlantic Satellite

Caribbean Satellite

Current Tropical Surface Features

24hr Forecast Tropical Surface Features

24hr Tropical Winds

Tools, Statsitics & Probabilities

United States Landfalling Hurricane Probability Project
Interactive Landfall Probability Display; The user selects a county, and landfall probabilities based on William Gray’s 2008 tropical cyclone forecast are presented. The numbers in parentheses are the climatological averages based on landfalling tropical cyclones in HURDAT.

Hurricane Landfall Statistics by City & Island
Click any city or Island for statistical information on effects from Hurricanes & Tropical Storms within 60 miles

Hurricane Rank by City & Island
Ranked 1 through 50 with the amount of years with no Storm or Hurricane coming within 60 miles n-s-e or west of that city(in perenthesis). This ranking is based on tracking charts dating back to 1871 from every Hurricane Season.

Catastrophe Updates & Historical Information

RMS CAT Updates
Timely updates on catastrophes both natural and man-made, from Risk Management Solutions

Instrat Cat Central Updates
Timely updates on catastrophes both natural and man-made, from Guy Carpenter

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