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2020 hurricane season officially over

On Monday, Nov. 30, the extremely active 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season closed.

The season broke records and saw 30 named storms with 12 making landfall in the continental United States.

This is the most storms on record, surpassing the 28 from 2005. The year now has the second-highest number of hurricanes on record.

The 2020 season got off to an early start with a record nine named storms from May through July. Quickly, the season exhausted the 21-name Atlantic list when Tropical Storm Wilfred formed Sept. 18.

For only the second time in history, the Greek alphabet was used for the remainder of the season, extending through the ninth name in the list, Iota.

2020 is the fifth consecutive year with an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season, with 18 above-normal seasons out of the past 26.

An average season has 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes. This year, 13 named stories became hurricanes with top winds of 74 miles per hour or greater. Six major hurricanes are in that total. Major hurricanes have top winds of 111 miles per hour or greater.

While the official hurricane season ended Nov. 30, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency warns tropical storms may continue to develop past that day.

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, the National Hurricane Center issued this announcement on a final message about a very distance non-tropical system: “Regularly scheduled Tropical Weather Outlooks will resume on June 1, 2021, while Special Tropical Weather Outlooks will be issued as necessary during the off-season.”

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