Last year, named tropical storms began forming mid-May and continued through November 30, making 2020 the most active Atlantic hurricane season on record. There were 30 named storms, 11 of them making landfall in the US. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will issue its initial 2021 hurricane season outlook in late May.
Higher Averages Based on Most Recent 30-Year Climate Record
Beginning with this year’s hurricane season outlook, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC) will use 1991- 2020 as the new 30-year period of record. This year’s predication is expected to use new numbers for an “average” season – 14 named storms and 7 hurricanes, including 3 major hurricanes of Category 3, 4 or 5. The previous Atlantic storm averages, based on the period from 1981 to 2010, were 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes. Read More.