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Record-Breaking 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Draws to a Close

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Image from NOAA's GOES-16 satellite on September 14, 2020

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season officially concluded on November 30, ending with a record-breaking 30 named storms in all, with 12 making landfall in the continental United States. The previous record for most named storms was in 2005 with 28. The 2020 season got off to an early start with a record nine named storms from May through July. The Atlantic list of 21 storm names ran out when Tropical Storm Wilfred formed on September 18. After that, for just the second time in history, the Greek alphabet was used for the remainder of the season, extending — so far — through the 9th name in the list, Iota. We look back at the season, and what factors were at play in making it so active, with Dr. Athena Masson, meteorologist with the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network.