In less than 30 days, the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season will come to an end. And while many are still grappling with the devastating impacts of Hurricane Ian from August, others are breathing a sigh of relief. But should they? 

Data from the National Hurricane Center suggests one storm forms every two years in the Atlantic basin during November. In fact, according to weather experts, 34 named Atlantic Basin storms formed in November between 1950 and 2020, and 21 of them became full-fledged hurricanes. Among the most recent and notable of these storms were: 

  • Eta (2020) – Eta was the 28th of a record 30 named storms in the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season and the 13th hurricane of the season. Rapid intensification made Eta the third-strongest November hurricane on record in the Atlantic by wind speed (from 70 mph to 150 mph in 18 hours). After striking Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane, Eta reached the Florida Keys as a tropical storm on November 8, 2020, and made landfall again near Cedar Key, Florida, just four days later. 
  • Iota (2020) – Iota, which formed in the southern Caribbean Sea on November 13, 2020, was the record-breaking 30th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season. It officially became the 14th hurricane of the season on November 15 and demonstrated rapid intensification like its predecessor Eta. Iota, too, struck Nicaragua (the first time on record that two major hurricanes hit the country during the same hurricane season). 
  • Otto (2016) – Otto first formed on November 20, 2016, in the Atlantic Basin, making it the record latest in the season since 1851. It moved through Nicaragua and Costa Rica and eventually dissipated in the eastern Pacific. 

Before these significant November storms were Ida (2009), Paloma (2008), Lenny (1999), and Kate (1985). 

The question is, are the conditions right