Hurricane Isaac

Superstorm Sandy is what most people will remember from the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season. But Sandy was just one of 10 hurricanes this year — a hurricane season that was both busy and strange.

Late summer is when the hurricane season usually gets busy. But Greg Jenkins, a professor of atmospheric science at Howard University, says this year was different.

Busy Hurricane Season Not Unexpected

Nov 30, 2012
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Today marks the end of another busy hurricane season. It was more active than predicted, with 19 named storms and 10 hurricanes. But the weather outlook may not be as bad as it seems.

Bay News 9 Meteorologist Julie Marquez says there's so much attention paid to hurricane season now, that this year may have seemed worse than it really was.

"Any year during hurricane season there is going to be a threat if you live along the coast," she said.

This five-day forecast says it all. Isaac's track has shifted toward New Orleans and away from Florida.

Florida is no longer under a tropical storm warning. In fact, Tampa received little rain and only some gusty winds from Isaac.

Tampa has a history of being under the gun with early hurricane forecasts, and then dodging the bullet. Hurricane Charlie led to evacuations in Tampa Bay, but a last-minute course change led it to hit Port Charlotte instead.

Tropical Storm Isaac has been difficult to track, but its potential to affect Florida has caused the Republican National Convention to change its plans. Events for Monday have been canceled, though the committee will convene briefly. As Alan Greenblatt reported for It's All Politics, this is now the second-consecutive Republican National Convention to be delayed by a storm.

Update at 8:55 p.m. ET. Nomination Delayed: