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Bizarre 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season comes to an end Nov. 30th, or does it?

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This GOES-East GeoCcolor satellite image taken at 10:10 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, and provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows Hurricane Ian over the Gulf of Mexico. Ian tore into western Cuba as a major hurricane Tuesday, knocking out power to the entire country and leaving millions people without electricity, before churning on a collision course with Florida over warm Gulf waters amid expectations it would strengthen into a catastrophic Category 4 storm. (NOAA via AP)

(MIAMI, FLA) — The National Hurricane Center in Miami reminds us that the strange Atlantic hurricane season officially ends tomorrow, but will we see a Christmas storm?
Pending December development, the season will end with 14 named storms, eight of them becoming hurricanes, two of those becoming major. Fiona and Ian both achieved Category 4 status on the Saffir-Simpson scale.
This year’s season was relatively quiet with three early storms and then no-named storms between July 3rd and August 21st, the first time that’s happened since the ’40s.
Then seven storms formed in September and November, bringing activity to near-normal levels.
While tropical development in December is rare, it’s not out of the question. A named storm has developed only seven times in December since 1966, the beginning of the satellite era.
And the only storm to hit the US mainland was an unnamed tropical storm in 1925. That storm made landfall in southwest Florida.
There are no indications that a post-season storm will develop in 2022. Hurricane season officially ends Dec. 1.