Looking Back at a Record-Breaking Hurricane Season

A a record 30 named storms in 2020.
December 8, 2020

Hurricane forecaster Dr. Philip Klotzbach looks back at the record-breaking 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season which featured a record 30 named storms, including a near-record 13 hurricanes.

Six storms were major hurricanes, achieving at least a Category 3 rating. Of the 30 named storms, which broke the record of 28 established during the 2005 season,12 made landfall in the continental United States, breaking the record of nine set in 1916.

This season featured six U.S. landfalling hurricanes (Hanna, Isaias, Laura, Sally, Delta and Zeta) – tying the 1886 and 1985 seasons that had six each – as well as six U.S. landfalling tropical storms (Bertha, Cristobal, Fay, Marco, Beta and Eta). Due to the high amount of tropical activity, the National Hurricane Center used Greek letters to name storms for only the second time ever.

Of the 30 named storms, which broke the record of 28 established during the 2005 season,12 made landfall in the continental United States, breaking the record of nine set in 1916. This season featured six U.S. landfalling hurricanes (Hanna, Isaias, Laura, Sally, Delta and Zeta) – tying the 1886 and 1985 seasons that had six each – as well as six U.S. landfalling tropical storms (Bertha, Cristobal, Fay, Marco, Beta and Eta). Due to the high amount of tropical activity, the National Hurricane Center used Greek letters to name storms for only the second time ever.


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