NEW ORLEANS – Good riddance for another busy hurricane season.
The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season ends Tuesday and the tropics, which have generated more than 20 named storms this year, are thankfully calm, according to the National Hurricane Center.
For a second year in a row, forecasters exhausted the regular list of storm names and scanned the 21 names:
Ana was the first named storm in the Atlantic on May 22, although the hurricane season does not officially begin until June 1.
Elsa, Grace, Henri, Ida, Larry, Nicholas and Sam got stronger in hurricanes.
Last year forecasters used the Greek alphabet for the additional names. This was only the second time in recorded history that Greek names have been used. The first time was in 2005, which was the peak season responsible for Hurricane Katrina.
Last year’s hurricane season holds the record for the most named storms in a season – 30. The previous record of 28 was set in 2005. Official records date back to 1851.
Changes for future hurricane seasons
In the future, forecasters will use a list of additional storm names instead of Greek names.
The organization that maintains the list of storm names made the change earlier this year, saying the Greek letters were confusing and put too much emphasis on the Greek letter and not on the dangerous storm it represented.
Additionally, in 2020 Storms Zeta, Eta and Theta had names so similar it caused problems, forecasters said.
Hurricane Ida made landfall
Hurricane Ida devastated southern Louisiana this season, making landfall just southeast of Galliano on August 29, on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
The Category 4 storm made landfall at Port Fourchon and still had sustained winds of 145 mph after passing through part of Barataria Bay. Category 5 storms have winds of at least 157 mph.
Ida’s strongest winds were 150 mph when it first landed, accompanied by a potentially fatal storm surge 16 feet above the ground, topped with devastating waves that swept through much of the coast southeastern Louisiana, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Biden visits storm damage
President Joe Biden visited storm damage in southern Louisiana five days after Ida’s coup.
Biden arrived at Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans and met Governor John Bel Edwards, US Senator Bill Cassidy, and several local officials before boarding a helicopter for the St. John Parish Reserve. -Baptist.
He landed on the reserve and joined Congressmen Troy Carter, D-New Orleans, and Garret Graves, R-Baton Rouge, for a motorcade to LaPlace. SUVs drove past felled trees, power lines and tarpaulin-covered houses.
The president also made an aerial tour of Jean Lafitte, Grand Isle, Port Fourchon and the parish of Lafourche South, before meeting with community leaders in Galliano.
Names for hurricane season 2022
Here are the storm names for the Atlantic hurricane season 2022:
How names are selected
Storms are named from lists compiled years in advance by the National Hurricane Center. The lists are maintained and updated by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization.
All six lists are recycled every six years, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The committee may choose to remove a name if one storm is so deadly or costly that future use of its name for another storm would be “inappropriate for sensitivity reasons,” according to the organization’s website.