Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE)

East Pacific
West Pacific
Indian Ocean
Southern Hemisphere

Updated: August 30, 2015

Average year:
2015 year-to-date:

Atlantic Tropical Cyclones of 2015

Tropical Cyclone Name Start Date Max Wind Speed (kt) ACE (104 kt2)
ANA May 08, 2015 50 2.28
BILL June 16, 2015 50 1.0275
CLAUDETTE July 13, 2015 45 1.13
DANNY August 18, 2015 100 9.1975
ERIKA August 25, 2015 45 3.065
FRED August 30, 2015 50 0.575

East Pacific Tropical Cyclones of 2015

Tropical Cyclone Name Start Date Max Wind Speed (kt) ACE (104 kt2)
ANDRES May 28, 2015 125 19.0525
BLANCA June 01, 2015 120 20.6575
CARLOS June 11, 2015 80 9.285
ELA July 09, 2015 35 0.3675
DOLORES July 12, 2015 120 15.9475
ENRIQUE July 13, 2015 45 2.435
FELICIA July 23, 2015 35 0.245
EIGHT July 23, 2015 0 0
GUILLERMO July 30, 2015 90 13.905
HILDA August 06, 2015 120 16.385
ELEVEN August 06, 2015 0 0
IGNACIO August 25, 2015 125 15.025
JIMENA August 27, 2015 130 14.305

10 Things We Know About Accumulated Cyclone Energy

1. There is no evidence of a systematic increasing or decreasing trend in ACE for the years 1970-2012.

2. There is a cyclical variation in the ACE of 6 and 12 months' length.

3. The contribution of ACE from the Eastern and Western Pacific is approximately 56% of the total ACE.

4. The contribution of ACE from the Atlantic Ocean is approximately 13% of the total ACE.

5. The minimum and maximum values of ACE per month are respectively 1.8 and 266.4.

6. The average value of ACE per month is 61.2.

7. The minimum and maximum values of ACE per year are respectively 416.2 and 1145.0.

8. The average value of the ACE per year is 730.5.

9. The total of ACE for 2012 through September is 540.8.

10. There is a correlation of ACE between some oceans.

What is Accumulated Cyclone Energy?

Accumulated cyclone energy, or "ACE," is used to express the activity and destructive potential of individual tropical cyclones and entire tropical cyclone seasons. ACE is calculated as the square of the wind speed every 6 hours, and is then scaled by a factor of 10,000 for usability. The ACE of a season is the sum of the ACE for each storm and takes into account the number, strength, and duration of all the tropical storms in the season. The caveat to using ACE as a measure of the activity of a season is that it does not take the size of the hurricane or tropical storm into account. The damage potential of a hurricane is proportional to the square or cube of the maximum wind speed, and thus ACE is not only a measure of tropical cyclone activity, but a measure of the damage potential of an individual cyclone or a season.

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