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Hurricane Season Officially Over

3 Dec 2021, 4:55 am

Tuesday, November 30th marked the official final day of the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season! After months of monitoring the tropical waters and preparing for any potential storm, the likelihood of additional hurricanes continues to diminish.

Atlantic Recap

Through the next five days, which takes us through Thursday the 2nd of December, no tropical development is anticipated across the Atlantic Ocean. Wanda was the most recently named storm in the Atlantic and it dissipated on November 7th. Wanda was the 21st named storm to form this year across the tropical Atlantic waters.

When we look back and collect the data on what exactly happened, the numbers show it was another busy hurricane season. There were a total of 21 named storms, 7 of which became hurricanes and 4 of which went on to strengthen to major hurricane status. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its initial forecast in late May, predicting 13-20 named storms, 6-10 hurricanes, and 3-5 major hurricanes.

Overall, the initial NOAA hurricane forecast panned out well. There ended up being a few more named storms than predicted, but nearly exactly the number of hurricanes and major hurricanes as forecast. All the names on the traditional list of tropical cyclones were used in 2021. That makes it the second year in a row that a hurricane season used all of the names on the conventional list.

We are quickly winding down through the rest of the hurricane season. Climatologically, the number of named storms and hurricanes.

As the season comes to an end, the FEMA disaster assistance program is also coming to an end on December 6th.

Pacific Recap

It appears the final days of the Eastern Pacific Ocean hurricane season will end on the quiet side. There are a couple of tropical waves, however neither have a high chance of development in the next five days.

The Eastern Pacific Basin was slightly quieter than the Atlantic Basin, notching 19 named storms compared to the 21 named storms in the Atlantic.

Stay with WeatherNation through the winter and holiday season as we recap the 2021 Hurricane Season and bring you updates in the Spring to the 2022 Hurricane Season!

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Taban Sharifi grew up in Southern California between Los Angeles and San Diego. She is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) with the American Meteorological Society (AMS). She has a B.S. in Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Environmental Sciences with a minor in Environmental Systems and Society from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Go Bruins! While in school, Taban was a meteorology... Load More intern with NBC LA. There she helped forecast daily weather for the greater Los Angeles region and created a playbook to deploy weather sensors for NBC owned-and-operated stations across the country. Her first on-air job took her to San Angelo, Texas, where she was a morning meteorologist and co-anchor. Working in West Texas gave her knowledge and experience covering severe storms. From there, she moved to Palm Springs, California. People think forecasting in California is sunshine all the time, but with temperatures in the 120’s, wildfires, damaging winds, floodings, and earthquakes, the forecasting kept her very busy! She also worked there as a general assignment reporter and told community stories. Taban is excited for the challenge and opportunity to forecast nationally with WeatherNation. She also looks forward to exploring all that Colorado has to offer!