Hurricane season ending, but a late-season storm still possible

Posted November 30, 2020 7:48 p.m. EST
Updated November 30, 2020 11:41 p.m. EST

— Monday marked the end of the Atlantic hurricane season, but are we really done?

In the past 20 years, we've seen eight named storms in December. About 3% of storms happen outside the named hurricane season. Hurricane season starts on June 1 and ends on Nov. 30.

WRAL meteorologist Kat Campbell said with how active the 2020 hurricane season was, it would not be surprising to have a late season storm form.

"The severity of these late-season storms is typically lower," added Campbell.

Before the start of the 2020 hurricane season, the Colorado State Forecast predicted 19 named storms of the season. We ended up having 30 named storms.

"The number of record-named storms back in 2005, which was the the [previous] record season was 28 storms," said WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze.

Nine of those storms were predicted to become hurricanes, but 13 actually became hurricanes. Six of those hurricanes were major hurricanes. The Colorado State Forecast had predicted that four would become major hurricanes.

"This has been an unusually active season, far surpassing what we had back in 2005," said Maze.

The season might not be over yet before the end of the year. A wave in the Atlantic has a 30% chance of developing over the next two days and a 30% chance of developing over the next five days.

"This is the coast of Africa so it still is fairly far away from us. It doesn't pose a threat to the U.S. but just a reminder that we are still watching the tropics," said Campbell.

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