No hoopla, tropical warnings or storm clouds marked the official end of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane season on Nov. 30.
The season produced 19 named storms and six hurricanes, which was pretty close to what the experts predicted. The Caribbean and the southeastern U.S. were spared major damage, except for Irene.
In August, Hurricane Irene whacked some of the Out Islands of the Bahamas, drenched Puerto Rico and then paralyzed the Eastern seaboard with flooding from the Carolinas to Vermont.
Irene was one of the costliest storms in U.S. history, killing at least 47 people and causing $7 billion in damage. But Irene was not considered a major hurricane because it was not a Category 3 (winds over 111 mph) when it made landfall on North Carolina’s Outer Banks on Aug. 27.
Tropical Lee drenched the East Coast a week later.