The changing natural world at our doorsteps | Illustration and text by Patterson Clark
September 14, 2010
The mean season
During the summer, waters in the Atlantic Ocean accumulate heat, which fuels a flurry of hurricanes at season's end. Most hurricanes reaching the Washington region do so after being downgraded to tropical storms. Notable exceptions were Isabel (2003), Floyd(1999) and Gloria (1985).
Source: NOAA | Map by M.K. Cannistra/The Washington Post