By the numbers: 2012 Atlantic hurricane season

The 2012 hurricane season officially throws in the wet towel today, with winter winds on Thursday pushing Atlantic storms toward Africa rather than the United States.

2012 season


Tropical Storm Alberto, 60 mph maximum winds.

Tropical Storm Beryl, 70 mph.


Hurricane Chris, 75 mph.

Tropical Storm Debby, 60 mph.


Tropical Storm Ernesto, 85 mph.

Tropical Storm Florence, 60 mph.

Hurricane Gordon, 110 mph.

Tropical Storm Helene, 45 mph.

Hurricane Isaac, 80 mph.

Tropical Storm Joyce, 40 mph.

Hurricane Kirk, 105 mph.

Hurricane Leslie, 75 mph.


Major Hurricane Michael, 115 mph.

Hurricane Nadine, 90 mph.


Tropical Storm Oscar, 50 mph.

Tropical Storm Patty, 45 mph.

Hurricane Rafael, 90 mph.

Hurricane Sandy, 110 mph.

Tropical Storm Tony, 50 mph.

* Some storm numbers are preliminary.

National Hurricane Center

As quiet as it was for the Lowcountry, the season racked up some eerie stats:


Early estimates of losses from Hurricane Sandy.


Estimates of insured losses.


Federal Emergency Management Agency payouts for Hurricane Sandy, as of Thursday.


The diameter miles of tropical-storm-force winds when Sandy made landfall.


Named storms for the year, the third year in a row the Atlantic basin saw 19 storms.

1 in 34,000

The statistical odds of those three consecutive years occurring.


Named storms predicted in May by federal forecasters.


Seasons in the past three decades considered busier than 2012, based partly on stormsí strengths and lengths.


Major hurricane, below the historical average of 3.


Hurricanes making landfall in the United States: Beryl, Debby, Isaac and Sandy.


Major hurricanes making landfall.


Years in a row without a major hurricane making landfall.


The number of times thatís happened in the past.

S.C. Insurance News, National Hurricane Center, Weather Underground, FEMA.

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