January 2009: 7th warmest January on record

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:58 PM GMT on February 23, 2009

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Earth recorded its 7th warmest January on record, according to statistics released by the National Climatic Data Center. The most notable extreme temperatures were recorded in southern Australia January 28-31, when the hottest weather since 1939 occurred. January 2009 Northern Hemisphere sea ice extent is unknown, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. A sensor error in January caused underestimation of the ice coverage during the month, and a correction needs to be applied to the data. At worst, January 2009 had the 6th lowest Arctic ice extent on record. The record January low was set in 2006. The sensor error does not affect months prior to January, and does not affect the records lows observed in September 2008 and 2007.

A dry January with average temperatures for the U.S.
For the contiguous U.S., January temperatures were near average. It was the 59th warmest January in the 114-year record, according to the National Climatic Data Center. The month was very dry, ranking as the 5th driest January on record. Only ten (preliminary) tornado reports were logged by NOAA's Storm Prediction Center in January, making it the quietest January for tornadoes since 2004, when only three tornadoes were recorded. U.S. records set in January 2009 (courtesy of http://extremeweatherguide.com/updates.asp):

Waterloo, IA: All-time coldest temperature record tied on 1/16, -34°F
Maine: All-time coldest temperature -50°F at Big Black River

At the end of January, 21% of the contiguous United States was in moderate-to-exceptional drought. This is an increase from the 19% figure at the end of December.


Figure 1. Forecast El Niño/La Niña conditions for a number of computer models. El Niño conditions are forecast when the SST anomaly in the Niño 3.4 region goes above 0.5°C (upper red line). La Niña conditions are forecast when the SST anomaly in the Niño 3.4 region goes below -0.5°C (lower red line). Nearly all of the computer models are forecasting neutral conditions during the 2009 hurricane season (August-September-October, ASO). Image credit: Columbia University's IRI.

La Niña conditions continue
La Niña conditions continued in the Eastern Pacific Ocean in January, and NOAA's Climate Prediction Center has issued a La Niña Advisory. They define La Niña conditions as occurring when the 1-month mean temperature anomaly in the equatorial Eastern Pacific (the area 5°N - 5°S, 120°W - 170°W, also called the "Niña 3.4 region") cools below -0.5°C and is expected to persist for three consecutive months. In addition, the atmospheric response typically associated with a La Niña must be observed over the equatorial Pacific Ocean. Sea surface temperatures were 1.0°C below average in the Niña 3.4 region during January, an increase from the -0.73°C anomaly observed in December. However, it appears that La Niña has peaked, as ocean temperatures in the Niña 3.4 region have warmed since late January. Many El Niño forecast models predict a continuation of La Niña conditions through May of 2009. Despite the unusually late start to this La Niña, expected impacts during Spring 2009 include above-average precipitation over Indonesia and below-average precipitation over the central and eastern equatorial Pacific. For the contiguous United States, potential impacts include above-average precipitation in the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys and below-average precipitation across the South, particularly in the southwestern and southeastern states. Other potential impacts include below-average temperatures in the Pacific Northwest and above-average temperatures across much of the southern United States.

Jeff Masters

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258. TampaSpin
2:27 PM GMT on February 25, 2009
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257. TampaSpin
2:19 PM GMT on February 25, 2009
256. Patrap 9:11 AM EST on February 25, 2009

Pat that was a pretty interesting video...I always thought that the eyewall was just a bunch of tornados mixed within.
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256. Patrap
2:11 PM GMT on February 25, 2009
A hurricane's "hot towers" can increase its intensity by adding power to boost the storm's heat engine. For the first time, research meteorologists have run complex simulations of these phenomena using a very fine temporal resolution. They have combined this new simulation data with satellite observations to study the innerworking of the "hot towers" in never-before-seen detail.

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255. TampaSpin
2:03 PM GMT on February 25, 2009
Quoting stillwaiting:
I do believe the market will be up 10% tommorow and should help to restore some consumer confidence.....


10% are you kidding....You actually think that Obama's message will do that...It will go down today....His message was more spending exactly what the Market did not want to hear.

The DOW will open nearly 100 points down!
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254. RitaEvac
1:48 PM GMT on February 25, 2009
Texas is fried dry. Were gonna need a tropical storm or two this year to barrel into the central coast of TX and drench the parched land in central TX.
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253. FlyboyArt
1:29 PM GMT on February 25, 2009
It's amusing to think that scientists are satisfied with making statements like the 'warmest' on record when our records go back for a fraction of time this world has been in existence (what's 100 years of data compared to billions of years??). Why do so many blindly accept the 'science' behind this statements? What ever happened to apolitical, unbiased, educated people?

BTW, I wonder the carbon footprint was of the NASA rocket that blew up yesterday trying to bring a satellite to space to study 'global warming'? Did you see the billowing smoke and explosion?
252. surfmom
12:49 PM GMT on February 25, 2009
Really tough weather in your neighborhood Aussie. We've got serious drought issues developing here in SWFL as well. When I'm working out east at the barns/polo grounds -- I look around and I just see *POOF*. The frost has turned all the acreage into fire fuel. I find myself always checking wind direction....as the routes out of this section are VERY limited... and if we have to bolt I want to know which way to go. Don't want to be a Crispy critter.

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250. theshepherd
12:44 PM GMT on February 25, 2009
Quoting leftovers:
watched history stations doomsday show last night dec 21 2012 is approaching. there is going to be all kinds of weather. how about a countdown?

No problem.
3-2-1 jump...
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249. AussieStorm
12:25 PM GMT on February 25, 2009
Fierce heat descending on South Australia and Victoria
Brett Dutschke, Wednesday February 25, 2009 - 20:20 EDT

45 degrees and 60km/h northerlies in Eucla today is a hint of what South Australians and Victorians can expect in the next few days. This was Eucla's hottest day in four weeks, hottest February day in 12 years and about 20 degrees above the average.

Thursday will be the hottest day in almost three weeks for most of SA with the temperature soaring into the high 30s, even the mid 40s on the Eyre Peninsula.

It is not likely to be as hot or as windy as three weeks ago but fire danger will still become extreme and there will be some raised dust. Northerlies should be strongest on Eyre Peninsula where they should gust to 60 to 70 km/h, possibly a bit stronger before a gusty cooler change arrives late in the day.

For Victoria the hottest day will be on Friday. The temperature will peak in the high 30s and low 40s as northerlies gust to 60 to 70 km/h ahead of a gusty change late in the day.

The southerlies behind the change will be of similar strength to the hot northerlies ahead of it.

These wind speeds are about two-thirds to three-quarters of those three weeks ago, but still strong enough to aggravate bushfires and cause fire-fighters problems.

- Weatherzone
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248. theshepherd
12:22 PM GMT on February 25, 2009
In a drought that has lasted for years, anyone looking for anything more than a desperately needed long soaking gentle rain season is talking foolish.
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247. theshepherd
12:10 PM GMT on February 25, 2009
246 CT
Quoting all4hurricanes:
I've only been through one cyclone that was Isabel as much damage as it did I thought it was entertaining and probably got me hooked on hurricanes. We got rain from several 04 storms and I loved going out in the middle of Hanna which brought 7 inches of rain to the area. Still we haven't had a windstorm like Isabel since. In fact the last time I lost power was during Isabel hopefully nature can dish out something exciting locally for me.
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246. CybrTeddy
12:03 PM GMT on February 25, 2009
Quoting theshepherd:
You are talking foolish.


He isn't, odds are 2009 will be an active one, remember in 2008 when the stearing currents shifted and we had 6 USA landfalls? 2009 will likely be similar to 2008 in terms of storm numbers. This of course, is my opinion.
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245. theshepherd
11:56 AM GMT on February 25, 2009
Quoting all4hurricanes:
238 me too, we all shout hope for an 06 like season but chances are 09 won't
You are talking foolish.
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244. surfmom
11:47 AM GMT on February 25, 2009
Quoting all4hurricanes:
I've only been through one cyclone that was Isabel as much damage as it did I thought it was entertaining and probably got me hooked on hurricanes. We got rain from several 04 storms and I loved going out in the middle of Hanna which brought 7 inches of rain to the area. Still we haven't had a windstorm like Isabel since. In fact the last time I lost power was during Isabel hopefully nature can dish out something exciting locally for me.


Careful what you wish for.....or the roar of a generator may be yours LOL
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242. all4hurricanes
11:19 AM GMT on February 25, 2009
238 me too, we all shout hope for an 06 like season but chances are 09 won't
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241. all4hurricanes
11:14 AM GMT on February 25, 2009
I've only been through one cyclone that was Isabel as much damage as it did I thought it was entertaining and probably got me hooked on hurricanes. We got rain from several 04 storms and I loved going out in the middle of Hanna which brought 7 inches of rain to the area. Still we haven't had a windstorm like Isabel since. In fact the last time I lost power was during Isabel hopefully nature can dish out something exciting locally for me.
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240. surfmom
11:12 AM GMT on February 25, 2009
57 Degrees SWFL -- Waiting on the dawn light to walk the Dog.... Warmer is better.....still looking for Rain
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239. futuremet
10:33 AM GMT on February 25, 2009
Latest Video From Futuremet Productions....part 2 will be uploaded this afternoon



Description

What Are Baroclinic Zones
A baroclinic zone is where a temperature and a presurre gradient exists, such as along frontal zones. Baroclinic zones are most common in mid latitude and sub-polar regions of the world, because extratropical cyclones are the systems that dominate the weather in these regions. Tropical regions however, are relatively barotropic, due to the lack of temperature and pressure fluctuations.
I The Dynamics
Planetary Scale Baroclinity
In a sense, the whole earth itself is baroclinically unstable because, it is heated unevenly by the sun. The temperature varies greatly from latitude-to-latitude, from pole-to-pole, from the poles to the equator. The spherical structure of the earth enables various regions to receive the unequal heating from the sun. For example, the equator is actually closer to the sun than the poles. Therefore, the photons take longer to reach the poles. Because of the curved structure, the suns rays are more concentrated at the equator, and more stretched at higher latitudes. As a result of this, the equatorial regions are often the warmest on the earth. Now because of this, air from both sides of the equator will move toward the equator and converge. This global scale region of converging air is commonly called the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) or equatorial trough or front.
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238. Cotillion
9:43 AM GMT on February 25, 2009
Quoting all4hurricanes:
I'll run a poll I did for 08 which of these areas will get hit by a devastating hurricane in 09, the last storm to retire that hit the area will be mentioned at the right
1 Canada (Juan 03)
2 New England & upper Atlantic states (Bob 1991)
3 Carolinas (Isabel 03)
4 Georgia and N Florida (Dora 1964)
5 Rest of Florida (Wilma 05, unless Fay retires from 08)
6 GOMex (Ike 08)
7 Mexico (Dean 07)
8 Central America (Felix 07)
9 Jamaica (Dean 07)
10 Cuba (Ike or Paloma if she retires)
11 Hispaniola (Noel 07 or Hanna if she retires)
12 Lesser Antilles (Lenny 1999)
13 Bermuda and/or Azores (Fabian 03)


None, I hope.
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237. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
6:54 AM GMT on February 25, 2009
Tropical Cyclone Warning Center Perth
Tropical Cyclone Outlook
Western Australia 110E-125E
=================================
There are currently no significant lows in the region.

At midday WDT Wednesday a weak tropical low was located near 12.3S 128.5E, or 260 kilometres west of Darwin. The low is expected to move generally westwards during today and Thursday and be off the west Kimberley coast by late Thursday. It is not expected to develop into a cyclone before Friday but may develop on Friday, or more likely on Saturday, as it moves southwest towards the Pilbara coast. This system is likely to produce significant rainfall in areas of the Pilbara over the weekend.

Tropical Cyclone Development Potential
====================================
Thursday: Low
Friday: Moderate
Saturday: High
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236. natrwalkn
5:56 AM GMT on February 25, 2009
Well, I have lots of trees around my house and at night you can hear them cracking and falling but can't see them!
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235. KoritheMan
5:18 AM GMT on February 25, 2009
Quoting natrwalkn:


LOL!!! Have you ever been in a major one? The chaos leading up to them can be exciting, but the bad ones are SCARY when they're happening. Not to mention the cleanup afterward is AWFUL!!


Odd as it may seem, despite being through a couple of majors (most notably Gustav, although Katrina and Andrew were pretty bad, as well), I don't at all become afraid of them when they near me. It's going through the aftermath of a hurricane that bothers me. The storm itself, I can handle fairly easily.
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234. natrwalkn
4:44 AM GMT on February 25, 2009
Quoting G35Wayne:
hurricanes rock the stuff out! I cant wait till 09 season bring them on bring them on now! I want to be inder a hurricane warning when i wake up in the morning yes!yes!yes!


LOL!!! Have you ever been in a major one? The chaos leading up to them can be exciting, but the bad ones are SCARY when they're happening. Not to mention the cleanup afterward is AWFUL!!
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233. KoritheMan
4:35 AM GMT on February 25, 2009
Quoting G35Wayne:
hurricanes rock the stuff out! I cant wait till 09 season bring them on bring them on now! I want to be inder a hurricane warning when i wake up in the morning yes!yes!yes!


I don't know if I'd make that kind of claim, but yeah... I hear ya.
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232. G35Wayne
4:08 AM GMT on February 25, 2009
hurricanes rock the stuff out! I cant wait till 09 season bring them on bring them on now! I want to be inder a hurricane warning when i wake up in the morning yes!yes!yes!
231. lickitysplit
4:02 AM GMT on February 25, 2009
Wow. Did Gov. Jindal really just invoke Katrina as a reason to trust Republicans?

I'm not sure if thats sad or funny. Whatever it is, its proof that he's insane.
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230. RMM34667
2:58 AM GMT on February 25, 2009
Quoting bappit:
222. Redoubt might be letting out some water vapor. Don't know. Not much vertical motion in the clouds though. They do seem pretty thick. May be the effect of the mountain top lifting the air that flows over it. That would happen with a non-volcanic mountain, too. Hard to tell from one image. Maybe if I sat and watched.


thanks for looking at it.. I figured it anything significant was happening it would show on the webicorder, but the most I've seen on top of the mountain since watching the last month.
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229. bappit
2:51 AM GMT on February 25, 2009
222. Redoubt might be letting out some water vapor. Don't know. Not much vertical motion in the clouds though. They do seem pretty thick. May be the effect of the mountain top lifting the air that flows over it. That would happen with a non-volcanic mountain, too. Hard to tell from one image. Maybe if I sat and watched.
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228. Drakoen
2:44 AM GMT on February 25, 2009
Ojmjakon, Russia gets to have a nice overnight low of -70 tomorrow. Stay indoors lol?
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227. all4hurricanes
2:31 AM GMT on February 25, 2009
Good night everyone
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226. Ossqss
2:29 AM GMT on February 25, 2009
Quoting stillwaiting:
I do believe the market will be up 10%+ tommorow and should help to restore some consumer confidence.....


Only if the PRES says something very good. Unfortunately, I think we have a technical bounce in place.
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225. Patrap
2:27 AM GMT on February 25, 2009



Hurricane Preparation Entry...Link
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224. stillwaiting
2:22 AM GMT on February 25, 2009
I do believe the market will be up 10%+ tommorow and should help to restore some consumer confidence.....
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223. hahaguy
2:12 AM GMT on February 25, 2009
Quoting futuremet:
Lol.....looks like hurricane season started early this year


looks that way lol
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222. RMM34667
2:11 AM GMT on February 25, 2009
It looks like something is happening atop Mt. Redoubt.. Maybe clouds, but different Link nothing special on the webicorders though. but please look and tell me what we are seeing.
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221. futuremet
2:07 AM GMT on February 25, 2009
Lol.....looks like hurricane season started early this year
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220. natrwalkn
2:07 AM GMT on February 25, 2009
Quoting all4hurricanes:
OK PR will be the 14th category and 217 what about Isabel!?!


That was 6 years ago and Wilmington wasn't affected very badly. It was well north of us. Not meaning to make light of the misfortune of people in the NE part of our state, however. The 7 years between Bertha '96 and Isabel '03, NC was hit by 5 cat 2/3 hurricanes including Fran '96 and Floyd '99. Both of these storms did MAJOR damage across the eastern part of this state. Floyd's rains flooded many areas worse than the levee breech flooded NO. I have pictures of me rowing a boat up my street in 6' of water. All in all, this decade has been relatively quiet, and SC hasn't had a major strike since Hugo in '89.
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219. Patrap
2:05 AM GMT on February 25, 2009
Hurricane Warnings and Forecasts

* Atlantic
* Caribbean
* Gulf of Mexico
* East Pacific
* Central Pacific
* Western Pacific

NWS Local Forecasts

National Preparedness Week Link
May 24-30, 2009
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218. all4hurricanes
1:57 AM GMT on February 25, 2009
OK PR will be the 14th category and not apart of the lesser Antilles and post 217 what about Isabel!?!
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217. natrwalkn
1:45 AM GMT on February 25, 2009
Quoting all4hurricanes:
This year I think GOM and Caribbean will get a break, so I say rest of FL, Carolinas, and Lesser Antilles, (is PR considered lesser Antilles?)


It's been a while since hurricanes have been steered toward the Carolinas. For a while in the 90's we were hurricane alley here in Wilminton!! I wouldn't be surprised to see another rash of them in the next few years here.
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216. hahaguy
1:41 AM GMT on February 25, 2009
Quoting all4hurricanes:
This year I think GOM and Caribbean will get a break, so I say rest of FL, Carolinas, and Lesser Antilles, (is PR considered lesser Antilles?)


nooooooooooooooooo lol
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215. Drakoen
1:41 AM GMT on February 25, 2009
Quoting all4hurricanes:
This year I think GOM and Caribbean will get a break, so I say rest of FL, Carolinas, and Lesser Antilles, (is PR considered lesser Antilles?)


No. Puerto Rico is part of the Greater Antilles.
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214. all4hurricanes
1:37 AM GMT on February 25, 2009
This year I think GOM and Caribbean will get a break, so I say rest of FL, Carolinas, and Lesser Antilles, (is PR considered lesser Antilles?)
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213. all4hurricanes
1:34 AM GMT on February 25, 2009
212 thank you for responding and I thought about putting David in but I wasn't sure if it did serious damage there
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212. KoritheMan
1:25 AM GMT on February 25, 2009
Quoting all4hurricanes:
I'll run a poll I did for 08 which of these areas will get hit by a devastating hurricane in 09, the last storm to retire that hit the area will be mentioned at the right
1 Canada (Juan 03)
2 New England & upper Atlantic states (Bob 1991)
3 Carolinas (Isabel 03)
4 Georgia and N Florida (Dora 1964)
5 Rest of Florida (Wilma 05, unless Fay retires from 08)
6 GOMex (Ike 08)
7 Mexico (Dean 07)
8 Central America (Felix 07)
9 Jamaica (Dean 07)
10 Cuba (Ike or Paloma if she retires)
11 Hispaniola (Noel 07 or Hanna if she retires)
12 Lesser Antilles (Lenny 1999)
13 Bermuda and/or Azores (Fabian 03)


Before I answer, one small correction. I think David in 1979 was the last storm to be retired in the northern Florida/Georgia area, not Dora. Just thought I'd point that out.

Now to answer...

3 Carolinas, particularly South Carolina
5 Rest of Florida (honestly, in what year does Florida not get hit?)
6 Gulf of Mexico
8 Central America
9 Jamaica
10 Cuba
12 Lesser Antilles
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211. taistelutipu
11:51 PM GMT on February 24, 2009
I checked the seasons from 1900 until 2008 and in this time frame seasons which ended with two hurricanes were:
1909 ending with a cat 3 and a cat 2, last storm dissipated Nov 14 (11 storms in total)
1910 cat 2 cat 4, dissipated Oct 21 (5 total)
1913 cat 1 cat 1, dissipated Oct 30 (6 total)
1917 cat 3 cat 4, dissipated Sept 30 (4 total)
1929 cat 4 (the infamous Florida Hurricane)cat 1, dissipated Oct 22 (3 total)
1930 cat 2 cat 4, dissipated Sept 17 (2 total)
1932 cat 4 cat 2, dissipated Nov 14 (11 total)
1935 cat 1 cat 1, dissipated Nov 8 (6 total)
1939 cat 4 cat 1, dissipated Nov 6 (5 total)
1945 cat 2 cat 2, dissipated Oct 13 (11 total)
1947 cat 1 cat 3, dissipated Oct 21 (9 total)
1948 cat 4 cat 1, dissipated Nov 10 (9 total)
1951 cat 1 cat 1, dissipated Oct 20 (10 total)
1952 cat 2 cat 4, dissipated Oct 28 (6 total)
1958 cat 4 cat 1, dissipated Oct 13 (10 total)
1962 cat 2 cat 3, dissipated Oct 22 (5 total)
1969 cat 1 cat 1, dissipated Nov 25 (18 total, including Camille)
1970 cat 2 cat 1, dissipated Oct 28 (10 total)
1976 cat 2 cat 1, dissipated Oct 28 (10 total)
1980 cat 2 cat 1, dissipated Nov 27 (11 total)
1984 cat 1 cat 1, dissipated Dec 24 (13 total)
1985 cat 1 cat 3, dissipated Nov 23 (11 total)
1986 cat 2 cat 1, dissipated Nov 21 (10 total)
1987 cat 3 cat 1, dissipated Oct 13 (7 total)
1991 cat 2 cat 1, dissipated Nov 2 (8 total)
1993 cat 2 cat 1, dissipated Sept 21 (8 total)
1994 cat 2 cat 1, dissipated Nov 21 (7 total)
1996 cat 3 cat 1, dissipated Nov 24 (13 total)
1998 cat 5 (Mitch) cat 1, dissipated Dec 1 (14 total)
2001 cat 1 cat 1, dissipated Dec 4 (15 total)
2002 cat 1 cat 4, dissipated Oct 4 (12 total)
2006 cat 3 cat 1, dissipated Oct 2 (10 total)
2008 cat 4 cat 4, dissipated Nov 9 (16 total)

If I counted correctly, 34 seasons featured 2 hurricanes at the end of the season, but only 2008 had two cat 4.
One has to remember though, that it is more likely to get two majors at the end if the season already ends shortly after peak-time, i.e. from end September until mid October.

(btw, I only count TS and higher, so no TD in this account)
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210. all4hurricanes
11:18 PM GMT on February 24, 2009
208 There were many years that came extremely close to having with two major hurricanes but only 2008 and 1917 have done it
207 that was helpful in narrowing down possible retired storms in 08
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209. Patrap
11:10 PM GMT on February 24, 2009
Bourbon Street CAM Link
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208. taistelutipu
10:58 PM GMT on February 24, 2009
206. Good question. It could be. I check it out and post the result here.
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