However, Edouard only held that intensity for 6 hours. The last two major hurricanes (Sandy 2012 and Michael 2012) also each held that intensity for just 6 hours. In one day, Hurricane Rina in October of 2011 racked up as much time as a major hurricane as all other storms combined did in the subsequent 1,064 days!
|Visible satellite image over Edouard from 8:45am EDT. (NASA)|
It will continue to weaken over decreasing water temperatures and increasing wind shear as it accelerates to the northeast toward the Azores.
Only 1 of the 4 hurricanes made landfall anywhere (Arthur), but NONE of them have existed in the tropics!! All four hurricanes formed north of 24N, a sign that the weak El Nino is suppressing activity in the tropical Atlantic, as expected. The figure below shows the typical influence of El Nino on hurricane activity in the East Pacific and in the Atlantic... 2014 couldn't fit this any more perfectly!
|Typical influence of El Niño on Pacific and Atlantic seasonal hurricane activity. (NOAA)|
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