Hurricane Season is still going. In fact the most Active months are August, September and October.November can sometimes be active. Most of the 2012 storms so far have stayed out to see. For the people on the Gulf Coast there was one storm that was costly and that was Hurricane Isaac. While the amount of Damage is still being calculated so far Isaac has Cost $2 Billion Dollars and 44 lives. So the Question is will Isaac be retired.
First of all, The United States would have to send a retirement request to the World Meteorological Organization for Isaac to be retired.
Isaac at $2 Billion dollars has not been the costliest storm a few years ago a storm this costly would almost be certain to get retired, but lets look at past storms that are similar to Isaac.
1985 Hurricane Juan hit Louisiana as a Category 1 Hurricane killing 74 and Costing $1.5 Billion. Juan was not retired due to lack of request. But Juan would get retired in 2003 due to a different Juan devastating Canada
2008, Hurricane Dolly hit Texas as a category 2 hurricane. Dolly cost $1.6 Billion. Dolly was not retired.
2005 Hurricane Dennis hit Florida as a Category 3 hurricane doing $2.2 Billion in damage it would be retired.
2002 Hurricane Lili hit Louisiana as a Category 1 costing $1 Billion in damage it was retired.
So, as we can see while storms like Isaac have been retired there have been a few that were not.I will argue why it might get retired
Isaac was a destructive storm. It brought back memories of past Hurricanes that did damage to the State of Louisiana and caused evacuations. Isaac caused over 20 inches of rainfall in some spots doing lots of water damage. Though Isaac was only a Category 1 it did claim 44 lives (some were in Haiti) and did cost at least $2 Billion in damage.
Cases why it might not get retired. Well while $2 Billion is a lot of damage,when you compare it to Katrina (which the bar should not be set at) at 108 Billion, Ike $32 Billion, Ivan $17 Billion and Irene $14 billion and even Gustav $4.5 Billion. $ 2 billion does not seem like a lot. Second, the US government may hold what I call category Bias and that is certain storms who should have been retired are not due to them not reaching a certain Category. Katrina, Ike, Irene, Ivan, and Gustav had been major hurricanes; Isaac was only a category 1.
overall It is hard for me to say Isaac will be retired. Based on the history of storms like Isaac. I say Isaac gets a %50 percent chance of getting retired. In my own personal opinion. The US government needs to fill out the paper work and request the W.M.O to retire this storm. Isacc should be retired but as I said it is hard to tell if it will be retired or not.