Atlantic hurricane season set record, but it was boring in Louisiana
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.
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.
- See full highlights from 2023 Atlantic hurricane season
- Dramatic sea level rise leaves New Orleans even more vulnerable
- Hurricanes are making Louisiana's ancient historical sites disappear
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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