Today, Nov. 30 is the last day of the 2021 Hurricane Season. It was predicted to be an active season, and it lived up to its expectations.

This season we had 21 named storms, 7 became hurricanes and 4 strengthened into major hurricanes. The U.S. was hit by 6 named storms, 2 hurricanes (Ida and Nicholas) and 1 major hurricane in Louisiana (Ida).

This season was the third move active year on record in terms of named storms according to NOAA. The factors that influenced the very active season include the ongoing La Nina, warmer than average sea surface temperatures from the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation, and the above average West African Monsoon rainfall.

Southeast Louisiana was devastated by Category 4 Ida on August 29 – the 16th anniversary when Katrina hit Southeast Louisiana. Ida’s winds were over 150 mph from the coast to inland areas of Houma to LaPlace. This area is still recovering, and it will be quite some time before it gets back to normal.

Fortunately, everything remains quiet on this last day of the season, and tropical development is not expected over the next 5 days. However, it is worth noting we can still get a named storm after the season ends.

The 2022 Hurricane Season will officially begin on June 1st.

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