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Hurricane season is over for 2021

The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season ends Nov. 30, and while South Florida was spared anything major, there were some strong storms this year worth remembering.

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – It’s one of our favorite days of the year in South Florida: Nov. 30 means we have officially made it to the end of the Atlantic hurricane season.

While South Florida was spared anything major — and the season faded away quietly — remember that this was actually one of the busiest years for storm activity on record in the Atlantic.

There were 14 tropical storms, seven hurricanes and eight landfalls in the United States.

The strongest storm was Hurricane Sam, which nearly reached Category 5 status back in September and peaked with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph. Thankfully, it stayed out over the open water.

Category 1 Hurricane Elsa was the closest call for South Florida in July, remaining just west of Key West, and Category 4 Hurricane Ida was the costliest as it made landfall in the New Orleans area from the Gulf of Mexico in late August and then moved all the way up to New England.

While experts will remind that strong storms can happen outside of the official season, we now have six months until the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1.

About the Authors:

Luke Dorris joined the Local 10 Weather Authority just in time for Hurricane Irma in 2017.

David Selig is the Digital Executive Producer at WPLG, overseeing Local10.com.