The 2022 Atlantic hurricane season officially ended on November 30th, with 14 named storms.
Eight of these became hurricanes, while two – Fiona and Ian – intensified into major hurricanes.
According to the World Meteorological Organization, this was close to standard – an average hurricane season has 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes.
More notably however, 2022 was quieter than the 2020 and 2021 seasons, which were both so active that the regular list of rotating names was exhausted.
However, the WMO reminds that it takes just one storm making landfall to wreck communities and economies.
The WMO’s Hurricane Committee will meet in March 2023 to discuss lessons learned to save lives and protect property and infrastructure.
It will also decide on the retirement of names – if a hurricane is particularly devastating or deadly, its name is retired and a new one selected.