End of a strange hurricane season

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Any other year, we’d be winding down the year, heading into Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa and the new year with hurricane season behind us.

But this is 2020.

Since the stormy season started June 1, we had 30 storms in the Atlantic Ocean, and many of them were more-dangerous named storms. The traditional hurricane season ended in November. We’re hoping it’s not just a date on the calendar.

Here in Central New York, it’s rare for a hurricane to cause much mischief, though we have our share of lake-effect snow and thunderstorms, depending on the time of year.

As the U.S. hit 20 named hurricanes, experts worried that we might break our 2005 record of 28 named storms — and we did. We registered 30 named storms, working our way through the 26 letters of the alphabet and starting down the Greek alphabet list.

Fortunately, no tropical storms or hurricanes headed our way as we experienced the end of the hurricane season.

As we ate some Thanksgiving leftovers and prepared to finish this strange year with what may be new traditions, we’re still watching to see whether Mother Nature will surprise us with some postseason storm or hurricane action. According to the Weather Channel, “Since 1950, only one such post-season storm affected the mainland U.S., a freak early February 1952 tropical storm which brushed across the Florida Peninsula.”

According to the people who do some of the official hurricane watching, the NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, 87% of minor hurricane days and 96% of major hurricane days happen in the scheduled season. But there are a few hurricanes that happen “out of season,” sometimes, gulp, in December. Stay tuned.

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