GULFPORT, Fla. — A historic and relentless hurricane season is finally coming to an end. Monday marks the final day.
What You Need To Know
- Hurricane season officially ends November 30
- This season featured 30 named storms, six major ones
- December storms are rare but not unheard of, hurricane experts say
The 2020 hurricane season will go down as the most active season in history, with the most recent storms happening just a few weeks ago.
Of the 30 named storms, six turned into major hurricanes, and 12 storms made landfall in the United States.
In the Tampa Bay area, Gulfport residents had to deal with flooding and damage during Tropical Storm Eta.
"The big lesson is to don't let your guard down. Make sure you're prepared for every hurricane season because that's the most important thing you can do," said Gerry Bell, the lead seasonal hurricane forecaster for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Even as the official season comes to a close, hurricane experts say a December storm remains a possibility. But Spectrum News Meteorologist Brian McClure explained that would most likely happen way out in the Atlantic or far down in the Caribbean, where conditions are still conducive for development.
"It's fairly rare to see a December storm, but given the extremely active season that we've had, we don't want to rule that out," Bell explained.
So, what will keep storms from forming near Florida after the official season ends? McClure says it's all about cooler temperatures and wind shear.
"Due to the recent weather pattern change across the United States, colder air is surging southward into Florida which will bring an end to any late-season tropical threat. With colder water temperatures and stronger wind shear in the atmosphere, it’s very difficult to get a December hurricane near the United States," McClure said.
"This season was very active, but we were actually lucky here in Florida as we were spared the worst. This just proves that we should prepare before every season no matter what, because we’ve seen some the worst storms in the below-average years."