In 2011, there was an above-normal season with 19 named tropical storms, 7 hurricanes and 4 major hurricanes. Three storms made landfall in the U.S. during the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
The most memorable storm of the season for millions of East Coast residents was Hurricane Irene, a storm that broke "hurricane amnesia" for many communities. Irene was the strongest hurricane to hit the East Coast since Bob in 1991.
Irene made landfall in North Carolina as a Category 1 storm on Aug. 27, 2011 before hitting near Atlantic City as a tropical storm and moving over Manhattan the next day. NOAA reports that Irene killed 40 people and caused $15.8 billion in damage in the U.S.
The World Meteorological Organization's hurricane committee retired the name Irene due to the extensive damage and deaths Hurricane Irene caused.
The other landfalling storms in the U.S. in 2011 were Tropical Storm Don, which made landfall in Deep South Texas and quickly fizzled, and Tropical Storm Lee, which made landfall southwest of Lafayette, La. Lee moved on to unleash torrential rainfall on top of areas soaked by Irene in the mid-Atlantic, resulting in record-setting and historic flooding for portions of New York and Pennsylvania.
On the heels of Cyclone Nada, a new and more significant tropical cyclone threatens to take aim at India this week.
Before the coldest air so far this season arrives, parts of the northeastern United States will face bouts of slow and slick travel early this week.
The threat for flash flooding and localized severe thunderstorms will expand across the southern United States early this week.
Nuisance snow will create slippery conditions across parts of the midwestern United States into Sunday night before spreading into the Northeast to start the new week.
The coldest and most far-reaching arctic blast so far this season will spread across the majority of the contiguous United States this week.
The coldest air of the season so far and some snow will pour into the northwestern United States by early this week.
Arctic air settling over Germany may prompt children to leave their shoes for St. Nicholas indoors instead of outside before going to bed on Monday night.
A deadly wildfire exploded in Tennessee this week, charring a popular resort town and causing devastating damage.
Dashing hopes for Christmas Day snowmen and white rolling hills, forecasters predict Britain's weather pattern will leave more to be desired on Dec. 25.
Rounds of heavy rain will heighten the risk for flash flooding across portions of the southern United States through the weekend.