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Keeping up with all the rare events in 2020 was Atlantic hurricane season, which broke the record for the highest number of tropical / subtropical storms in a single year, surpassing the previous record of 28 storms set in 2005 . Official records date from 1851.

There were 30 named storms in the season that revealed a lesser known fact about named storms. Before each season, which runs from June 1 to November 30, the National Hurricane Center reveals the 21 names to be used that year. After the 21st storm, the Greek alphabet will be used for the remainder of the season. In 2020 this was only the second time in history.

The 21 names come from one of six lists that are changed every year, although the names of particularly severe storms are permanently removed from use and replacement names are inserted in their place. Since this policy began in 1954, 89 names have been removed.

So what’s the name of 2021? Hopefully these storms are friendly: Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Elsa, Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida, Julian, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam, Teresa, Victor, Wanda. </ Founded in 1997, Scuttlebutt offers sailing news with a North American focus. Check for the latest information to be posted on the website. The highlights will be distributed in the e-newsletter from Monday to Friday.

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