Flooding in Rio Nance, Honduras, from Tropical Storm Eta on Nov. 8, 2020. (Photo: Bloomberg) Flooding in Rio Nance, Honduras, from Tropical Storm Eta on Nov. 8, 2020. (Photo: Bloomberg)

On Dec. 1, we usually celebrate the “official” end of hurricane season, but not this year. We should not be surprised that the relentless and record-breaking 2020 North Atlantic hurricane season has continued to produce damaging and costly hurricanes through the end of November. Forecasts as early as September indicated that further landfalls were likely before the conclusion of the hurricane season, which officially ended on Nov. 30. Late-season tropical cyclones tend to develop over the Gulf of Mexico or the Caribbean Sea, where the proximity to land means impacts from these systems are more likely.

October and November generated seven named storms, including four hurricanes. This is well above the climatological average of three named storms, including one or two that become hurricanes. All seven systems formed in the exact areas that climatology have would have us expect: over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.

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