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Looking back at a busy Atlantic hurricane season


Staff writers

November 30, 2012 — The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season will definitely be one that most people remember. You can watch the entire season in one video clip courtesy of NASA.

Storm Hunter, Mark Robinson remembers the powerful storm surge from Sandy in New York
Storm Hunter, Mark Robinson remembers the powerful storm surge from Sandy in New York

Five months, 19 named storms and 10 hurricanes. 

The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season will be one for the record books. 

"Forecasters were thinking it was going to be a busy season, and it definitely played out that way," says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "We actually had 19 named cyclones, and we were initially predicting 12 to 17 named storms."

Vettese adds that one of the biggest surprises of the season was how early it began.

"We actually had two named tropical cyclones before June 1st and the official season runs from June 1 to November 30." 

That was the first time that's happened since record keeping began in 1908.

Although Canadians felt the greatest impacts from Isaac, Leslie and Sandy, Nadine is a storm that will be remembered for its determination.

Nadine was the second longest living tropical storm in the Atlantic basin
Nadine was the second longest living tropical storm in the Atlantic basin

It seemed to be the storm that just wouldn't die. 

"Nadine was out there in the Atlantic from September 11 to October 4 and because of that duration, Nadine will actually go down in the record books as the second longest living tropical storm in the Atlantic basin," says Vettese.

The Weather Network kept a close eye on each storm and brought up-to-date coverage as the storms developed. Several of our weather presenters faced some of these storms head on. 

Be sure to watch the slideshow above to hear about the greatest impacts this year.

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