The Most Active Hurricane Season On Record

Flooding caused by Hurricane Hanna(Photo taken by Andres Garcia)

Without a doubt, 2020 has been a crazy year. From the pandemic to shutdowns, everyone has been locked up somehow. As if that wasn’t enough, the 2020 hurricane season is still causing havoc around the world causing damage to underdeveloped countries and continues to pound the U.S coastline.

The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season is a continuous hurricane season which is the most dynamic Atlantic storm season on record. It has highlighted tropical cyclones at a record-breaking rate. Up until this point, there have been a total of 31 tropical or subtropical cyclones, 30 named storms, 12 hurricanes, and 5 major hurricanes.It is only just the second tropical cyclone season to include the Greek letter storm naming framework, alongside the 2005 season.

The Past

The 2005 Atlantic hurricane season is the second most active Atlantic tropical storm season in written history behind 2020, where it was outperformed regarding the number of named storms. The season broke various records, with 28 tropical or subtropical storms recorded.

Close to home

Hurricane Hanna was the first Atlantic hurricane to make landfall in Texas in the month of July since Dolly in 2008, and the first of a record-tying 6 hurricanes to hit the United States. The eighth named storm and first hurricane of the very active 2020 Atlantic storm season, Hanna created from a tropical wave starting close to Hispaniola an island in the Caribbean archipelago known as the Greater Antilles. Hanna steadily got stronger as it drifted toward Southern Texas, becoming the season’s first hurricane early on July 25 Hanna made landfall at 10 pm later that day as a high-end Category 1 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph. Hanna weakened quickly as it moved inland and turned west-southwest, eventually dissipating over Mexico on July 27.

Other storms in the 2020 hurricane season are Arthur ,Bertha ,Cristobal, Dolly, Edouard ,Fay,Gonzalo ,Hanna, Isaias, Josephine, Kyle,Laura,Marco,Nana ,Omar, Paulette, Rene, Sally, Teddy, Vicky, Wilfred, Alpha,Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, Zeta, Eta, Theta, and now Iota.The four major hurricane were Teddy, Laura, Delta, and Eta.

Hurricane Laura was a deadly and destructive Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. state of Louisiana.Hurricane Delta also made landfall in Louisiana in October.Hurricane Teddy was a large and powerful Cape Verde hurricane that was the fourth-largest Atlantic hurricane that made landfall along the coast of the Eastern United States and Atlantic Canada in September.Hurricane Eta was a deadly and powerful category 4 storm that killed more than 150 people and became the second most intense November Atlantic hurricane on record.

Greek Alphabet

Hurricanes only take after the Greek alphabet when are the normal names are used. 2020 is only the second time the National Hurricane Center has had  to use Greek alphabet since 2005.

When you think you can’t have anymore storms, another one has formed. Tropical Storm Iota developed Friday afternoon in the central Caribbean just hours after the system had become Tropical Depression 31. It could become the next hurricane, the 13th of the season, and just two shy of the record number of hurricanes to in the Atlantic in one season held by 2005.

Hurricane season started on June 1 and ends November 30.