HOUSTON (KIAH) – The third most active Atlantic Hurricane season is coming to a close. The season is broadcasted to run from June 1st to November 30th, however, this year started nearly a week early with Tropical storm Ana forming on May 22nd. After 21 named storms, we went through the entire 2021 Atlantic Hurricane season list of names. Wanda was the last storm to form on November 2nd, the tropics have remained quiet since then. 

An above average hurricane season does not always mean a memorable hurricane season. For Texas residents, this may be one that slips your mind with time. The same cannot be said for residents of southeastern Louisiana. Since the landfall of Hurricane Ida bayou communities have been relentlessly trying to recover. That is the case still to this day, 3 months later.  

Here is the state of Louisiana now:  

This year we have seen 14 tropical storms, 3 Category 1 hurricanes, 2 Category 3 hurricanes, and 1 unforgettable Category 4 Ida.  

Imagine all of your neighbors trying to build a new home at the same time. That is why the rebuilding process is taking so long. The holidays will be different this year.

Lindsey LeBlanc, South Louisiana (Bourg) resident

An average Atlantic hurricane season has 14 named storms, 7 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher). That puts this past season right around what we should expect out of the tropics. This is based on a 30 year period from 1991 to 2020.

Does the end of the season mean no more named storms?

Not exactly. Although it is rare, there are multiple cases in the past that we have seen tropical activity extend into the hurricane ‘off-season’. For example, tropical storm Olga formed in the Atlantic on December 11th, 2007 impacting the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Puerto Rico.