2005 Saw by Far the Highest Number of Atlantic Storms since 1990

The year 2005 saw the highest number of tropical storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean—27 storms in total and including the infamous Hurricane Katrina. That total far surpassed the 19 storms recorded in 1995, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. Up to late August, five tropical storms have so far been recorded during 2006, but no hurricanes. While sea surface temperatures are higher than normal (and thus conducive to the formation of hurricanes), Dr. Christopher Landsea of the National Hurricane Center points out that wind patterns have resulted in more wind shear, disrupting storms and preventing them from strengthening. Matthew Ericson, "Where Have the Hurricanes Gone?," New York Times, 27 August 2006.