2012 hurricanes stronger than average

Satellite image of Hurricane Sandy (courtesy NOAA)

Satellite image of Hurricane Sandy (courtesy NOAA)

The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season produced storms that were 30% stronger with longer duration than the thirty-year average according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

This season, 19 storms formed in the Atlantic basin.

Hurricane Sandy was the largest storm and proved to be the second most destructive after Hurricane Katrina.

Forecasters say the high sea surface temperature may have been a major factor on why the strength and duration of storms was so intense.

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