2017 hurricane season most active on record

This year appears to be the most active hurricane season on record, according to a new analysis by the Associated Press.

The AP studied more than 167 of federal storm data, concluding that there hasn't been a 30 year period that has seen as many major storms as we have this year.

Since 1988, 90 hurricanes have formed at sea, averaging to about 3 per year. That's 48% more than just 30 years prior.

So far this year, we've surpassed that average, with five major storms slamming ashore, claiming the lives of hundreds and leaving behind unfathomable damage.

The analysis goes on to say that major hurricanes churn for about 7 days, but there have already been more than 18 major hurricane days this season, which is more than any other month on record, according to the report.

Scientists say it's too soon to draw conclusions from the data because storms in earlier generations could have gone unnoticed, making the season seem quieter than it actually was.

But researchers say there are still some factors that can help explain why this season has been so intense.

Scientists say that over time, water in the Atlantic changes.

Waters are warmer than they were 30 years ago, according scientists, and warm waters fuel hurricanes.

Scientists go on to say that while some of this is natural, some of this is man-made.

As the world gets warmer, more intense storms are likely to form more often.

Not only that, but they're more likely to thrive, which is why scientists say it's important to try and understand what's happening now to hopefully prevent future devastation.