Nov 30, 2023 - Climate

Atlantic hurricane season set record, but it was boring in Louisiana

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The Atlantic hurricane season ends today, and Louisiana thankfully had another quiet year.

Why it matters: Louisiana is still recovering from catastrophic hurricane seasons in 2020 and 2021.

Driving the news: The Atlantic hurricane season was above normal in terms of activity and had 20 named storms, according to the National Hurricane Center.

  • It ranks fourth in terms of the most-named storms in a year since 1950, NHC says.
  • An average season has 14 named storms.

Zoom in: Only three named storms made landfall in the U.S.: Hurricane Idalia on the Gulf side of Florida, Tropical Storm Harold in Texas and Tropical Storm Ophelia in North Carolina.

Image shows the names of 2023 Atlantic storms with most of them crossed out
Most of the available storm names for the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season were used. Image: National Hurricane Center

Be smart: Hurricane season 2024 starts on June 1.

  • Systems can form any time, but historically, the most active period for strong storms in the Gulf of Mexico is August and September.
  • Chris, Debby, Gordon, Isaac, Sara and Tony are among the storm names for 2024.

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Editor's note: This story has been corrected to note that three named storms made landfall in the U.S. this hurricane season, not two.

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