The Atlantic, eastern Pacific and central Pacific 2016 hurricane seasons, which ended on 30 November, all were above-normal, according to the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
For the Atlantic, this was the first above-normal season since 2012. The Atlantic saw 15 named storms during 2016, including 7 hurricanes (wind speeds of above 119 km/h). Three of these (Gaston, Matthew and Nicole) were major hurricanes of category 3 or above (wind speeds of at least 178 km/h).
The strongest and longest-lived storm of the season was Matthew, which reached maximum sustained surface winds of 160 miles per hour and lasted as a major hurricane for eight days from Sept. 30 to Oct. 7. Matthew was the first category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic basin since Felix in 2007.