Busy Atlantic hurricane season ends

December 1, 2021

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The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season saw an intense start but gave way to an unusually quiet end yesterday.

Overall, the season generated 21 named tropical storms and hurricanes — the third highest on record. A typical season sees 14 storms. Yet, despite the high number of storms, 2021’s hurricane tally of seven was right in line with the average over the past 30 years and only half of 2020’s 14 hurricanes.

Eight storms made a U.S. landfall in 2021, including Ida, which devastated Louisiana at Category 4 strength before bringing torrential rain and catastrophic flooding to the mid-Atlantic and Northeast states. NOAA estimated Ida inflicted just under $65 billion in damage, making it the fifth-costliest hurricane in U.S. history. The season also saw Hurricane Henri, which became the first named storm to make landfall in Rhode Island since 1991, and Hurricane Nicholas, the first hurricane to make landfall in Texas in September since Ike in 2008.

Despite its frenzied start, the season ended quietly with only one storm, Wanda, forming after Hurricane Sam dissipated on Oct. 5. In fact, the Atlantic had no named storm activity from Oct. 3 to Oct. 30 — the first time since 2006.

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