NEW ORLEANS —
Eye on the Tropics
After another above-average year, hurricane season ends November 30. No development is expected before then, which means we'll end the season with 21 named storms. That includes seven hurricanes, four of which became major hurricanes.
2021 Hurricane Season
The season was forecast to produce more storms than average, and it has indeed produced 21 named storms as of October 30. Part of the reason for this was the lack of El Nino, which typically features more wind shear. We also had warmer than average sea temperatures and an active West African Monsoon.
The final storm was Wanda, which brought us to the last name on the list for this year.
If we had exceeded the 21 names on the list, we would have progressed to a new set of supplemental names provided by the World Meteorological Organization. They said the Greek alphabet will not be used because it "creates a distraction from the communication of hazard and storm warnings and is potentially confusing."
There have been only two years that used an extra set of names, and those were 2005 and 2020.