Hurricane Irma will most certainly be retired from the NHC Atlantic hurricane names due to the death toll and destruction it caused through the Caribbean and Florida. Prayers for everyone impacted. While Irma was historic in many ways it wasn't the worst the U.S. has experienced. Since records started in 1851 there have only been 3 Category 5 hurricanes to hit the U.S. (1935 Labor Day Hurricane - Florida Keys, 1969 - Camille - Louisiana and 1992 Hurricane Andrew - S. Florida)...Irma could have been worse had it not made landfall in Cuba first. The greatest impact in Florida was clearly the West Coast from Key West to Fort Myers with a peak wind gust around 140 mph in Naples. Marco Island took a direct hit and the damage is very likely catastrophic due to both storm surge flooding and winds. CLICK ON IMAGES FOR LARGER VIEW.
For the U.S. overall, the first 11 days of September have been the coldest in over 30 years. The West has been the hot spot while the Eastern U.S. has been very cool.
The pattern does relax a bit with a milder trend for the later half of the month allowing the U.S. overall to trend coolest in 3 years but above average with rainfall also above average and the most in 4 years.
The next hurricane to watch is Jose that will meander between Bermuda and the Bahamas for the next week before making a turn off the U.S. East Coast. This most likely will remain a fish storm (no impact to land) but some models have shown a Northeast impact early next week. Keep you posted.
It's been a busy couple weeks, let's hope the weather calms down so folks can start the painful process of rebuilding their lives. Prayers!
Capt Kirk out.