Eye on the Tropics

It’s official! A busy hurricane season comes to an end on Tuesday

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Atlantic hurricane season officially ends Tuesday.

The season started fast, and in all, we reached 21 named storms.


That makes it the third most active season on record. But since late September, it was historically quiet!

In October, Wanda was the only storm to form, and that stayed out to sea.

Read: TIMELINE: Hurricane Ida brings damaging winds and powerful storm surges to Gulf Coast

The season was headlined by deadly Hurricane Ida, which carved a path of destruction in southeastern Louisiana.

Ida caused about $65 billion in damage, making it the fifth costliest tropical system in U.S. history.

Read: Is hurricane season over?

It ranks as the second-most destructive for Louisiana, behind Hurricane Katrina.

The next hurricane season starts June 1, 2022. However, every other year (on average) a storm develops before the start of the season.

Read: Atlantic hurricane season shows no signs of slowing down, NOAA says in mid-season update

Even in the off-season, we are monitoring the Atlantic basin.

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Chief meteorologist Tom Terry