Oct 22, 2019

Atlantic Hurricane Scorecard: After Nestor, Here's How the 2019 Season Measures Up

Brian Donegan
The Weather Channel
2019 Atlantic named storm tracks through Oct. 21.
2019 Atlantic named storm tracks through Oct. 21.

The Atlantic hurricane season has less than six weeks remaining, but as this past weekend's Tropical Storm Nestor shows, there is still life left in this season's tropics.


Fourteen named storms have roamed the basin since the first storm, late May's Subtropical Storm Andrea.

Of those 14 named storms, five were hurricanes – Barry, Dorian, Humberto, Jerry and Lorenzo – and three were major (Category 3 or stronger) hurricanes – Dorian, Humberto and Lorenzo.

The 30-year average for a full season is 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes. The 14 named storms this season rank above average, but the five hurricanes are one below the 30-year average. The three major hurricanes are exactly average.


Although it is statistically above the long-term average, the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season has been slightly less active than the last several years when looking at the number of named storms. However, five of this year's storms had directly impacted the mainland United States – Barry, Dorian, Imelda, Melissa and Nestor – which is comparable to the last few hurricane seasons.


The Atlantic has averaged one additional hurricane formation after Oct. 21 (1966-2009 average), according to the National Hurricane Center.