2003 Atlantic hurricane season
The 2003 Atlantic hurricane season produced 21 tropical cyclones, of which 16 developed into named storms. The season began with Subtropical Storm Ana on April 20, prior to the official start of the season. It ended on November 30, although tropical storms Odette and Peter developed in early December. The strongest hurricane was Hurricane Isabel, which reached Category 5 status northeast of the Lesser Antilles.
About 2003 Atlantic hurricane season in brief
The 2003 Atlantic hurricane season produced 21 tropical cyclones, of which 16 developed into named storms. The season began with Subtropical Storm Ana on April 20, prior to the official start of the season. It ended on November 30, although tropical storms Odette and Peter developed in early December. With sixteen storms, the season was tied for the fith-most active Atlantic hurricaneSeason on record, although it has since dropped down to become the seventh most active season. The strongest hurricane was Hurricane Isabel, which reached Category 5 status on the Saffir–Simpson hurricane scale northeast of the Lesser Antilles. In early September, Hurricane Fabian struck Bermuda as a Category 3 hurricane, where it was the worst hurricane since 1926. In December, Tropical Storm Odette struck the Dominican Republic, and Tropical Storm Peter formed in the eastern portion of the basin. The longest season since 1952 was the tenth most active. Overall the season’s activity was reflected with a high cumulative energy rating of 177 ACE, broadly speaking, a measure of the power of the storms multiplied by the time they existed, so that it tied the 1949, 1950, 1954, 1949, 2018, 2019, 2017, 2019 and 1936 seasons; it also tied the 1950 and 1950 seasons for the longest hurricane season on record with two storms on each side of the equator. It was the first such occurrence since the 1954 season; the others are 1951, 1953, 1954 and 2007. The official beginning of theSeason was on June 1, 2003, though Subtropicals Storm Ana formed on April20, well before the start to the season, and the bounds of theseason are from June 1 to November 30.
A normal season, as defined by NOAA, has 6–14 tropical storms, 4–8 of which reach hurricane strength, and 1–3 of those reaching Category 3 strength. On May 19, forecasters issued a 55% probability of above normal activity. The prediction also included a 68% probability for a hurricane landfall along the United States. On August 6, Dr. William M. Gray announced he had maintained his previous prediction; with an active start ofThe season was forecast to have been only slightly above average, due to an anticipated overall less favorable environment across the Atlantic Ocean. The Tropics were active and well ahead of climatology in the early portion ofthe season, with the seventh tropical depression forming by the end of July. The season is one of only six with a storm before and after the official bounds of. the season with two December storms. It is the only season in which the season is only six days long, the others being 1951, 1951, 1952, 1953 and 1954. The last storm made the season the longest since 1952, with 235 days between the development of the first storm and the dissipation of Tropical Storm Ana, and made the last storm, Peter, the lastStorm Peter, make the 2003 season the second longest. The average length of a hurricane season is 177 days; the longest season so far has been 2005, 2005, 2012, 2011, 2010, 1995, 1969, 1995 and 1969.